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Volume 29 - Number 47

December 6, 2012

Industry Groups Stress Need for Caution in FHFA’s Proposed Post-Fannie, Freddie Securitization Platform

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has perhaps overreached in its efforts to develop a post-Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac secondary mortgage market infrastructure as industry groups say the agency’s proposal is “laudable” but rife with unintended consequences. In September, the FHFA in a white paper proposed a framework for both a common securitization platform and a model pooling and servicing agreement with a request for public comment. The proposed infrastructure has...

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The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
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