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Volume 29 - Number 50

January 10, 2013

Downloads Available: GSE Single-Family Mortgage Pool Characteristics - 4Q12

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Heavy 2012 Refi Market Lifts GSE Business To Highest Annual Production Since 2003

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2012 combined for the third biggest year ever in single-family mortgage-backed securities issuance, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance market analysis and ranking. Together, the two government-sponsored enterprises pumped out a whopping $1.266 trillion in new single-family MBS last year, a 48.2 percent increase over their total production back in 2011. It marked the biggest annual output by the two GSEs since they set the all-time record of $1.912 trillion back in 2003. Last year’s total came up just short of the second biggest annual issuance on record – $1.270 trillion – set in 2002. Heavy refinance activity was...[Includes three data charts]

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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

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.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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