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March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

MBA: Don’t Bet on GSE PSPA Change. Mortgage Bankers Association President Dave Stevens said this week he expects no movement by the Trump Treasury Department to modify the preferred stock purchase agreements governing the GSE bailouts that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to build retained capital. In an interview with IMFnews, Stevens – who has been in touch with the new administration on GSE reform – noted that the PSPAs do not necessarily require the payment of GSE dividends to Treasury on a quarterly basis. (A commitment fee payment may be required though.) Smaller trade groups – though not the MBA – have asked the Federal Housing Finance...

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Freddie Credit Risk Transfer Inefficiencies Explored

Perceived flaws in the current and proposed GSE credit-risk transfers are explored in a recent blog posting by Tim Howard, former Fannie Mae executive. He said that the GSE CRTs are too expensive and Fannie has too much first-loss exposure in its Connecticut Avenue Securities structure before it takes effect. Howard also said that because the risk-transfer tranches can prepay and amortize over time, they most likely won’t be outstanding long enough to absorb many of the losses that exceed the first-loss limit. As an example, Howard pointed to Fannie’s CAS prospectus, which shows no losses transferred to investors in more than 60 different scenarios of combined credit loss and prepayment rates...

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Amends Freedom of Information Act Regulation

The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued an interim rule last week that changed some of the components of its Freedom of Information Act regulation, including the fee categories. The interim rule gives notice about the circumstances in which the FHFA can extend its response time to the FOIA request and tells when it should notify the person requesting the information about their right to seek dispute resolution services. In the new FOIA rule, the agency is required to provide a minimum of 90 days for requestors to file an administrative appeal and must notify requesters about available dispute resolution services.

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Adverse Examination Findings Redefined for 2017 Exam Cycle

For the 2017 examination cycle, the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently issued an advisory bulletin for new classifications of adverse findings for the GSEs and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Three designated classifications were established to help examiners define the issues more effectively with hopes of a faster remediation plan. When communicating adverse examination finds to the regulated entities and Office of Finance, the FHFA said the examiners will classify them as either “matters requiring attention, recommendations or violations.” MRAs are broken down into two separate categories: critical supervisory matters and deficiencies. The difference boils down to the nature and severity of the issues requiring corrective action, according to the bulletin.

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Former Freddie Employee Explains Why Crisis Could Happen Again

Former Freddie Mac employee Susan Wharton Gates recently released a book detailing the events leading up to the conservatorship and suggests that the industry stop looking for a “single scapegoat.” She argues in her book that while Freddie made plenty of mistakes, so did Wall Street, the regulators, the industry and homeowners. Wharton, an advocate of privatizing the GSEs, worked at Freddie for close to 20 years, most recently in public policy. She left the company in 2009 and said by giving a fuller account of what happened she hoped to help “light a fire” under policymakers who have stalled on reforming the GSEs.

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Moody’s Examines Impact of GSE Reform on Mortgage Market

Moody’s Investors Service said GSE reform proposals could have unintended consequences on different market segments. In a report released this week it noted that there’s no shortage of proposals on the table and some may have a larger impact than planned. The impact of many would seem straightforward at a high level, according to the ratings firm, but they could have unintended consequences in practice. Proposals range from winding down the GSEs without an explicit replacement to winding them down and providing other entities with access to the federal catastrophic risk insurance, to re-privatizing them but with tighter regulations. The report looks at possible impacts from the broad range of reforms being proposed and the...

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Small Lender, Consumer Groups Push to Suspend Upcoming Sweep

Small lending organizations, including the Community Home Lenders Association and Community Mortgage Lenders of America, urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to suspend the upcoming Treasury sweep of GSE profits. After fourth-quarter earnings, the GSEs plan to pay the Treasury $20 billion per the preferred stock purchase agreement. A March 23 letter from CHLA, CMLA and six consumer and civil rights groups pled with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and specifically asked FHFA Director Mel Watt to “exercise its discretion under the preferred stock purchase agreement to suspend the dividend payment on their senior preferred stock this month.” The groups, like others in the industry, are concerned about the GSEs’ declining capital buffer that will plummet to zero on Jan. 1, 2018.

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

CSP Release Delayed to 2019 to Allow More Time For Testing

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced this week that it moved back the anticipated date of “release 2” of the common securitization platform in which both GSEs will use the security, to the second quarter of 2019, instead of 2018. In a progress report update, the FHFA said it decided to delay the project after an “extensive review” of lessons learned from the first release and progress on release 2. The agency said it needs more time for the development, testing, validation of controls, and governance necessary “to have the highest level of confidence that the implementation will be both smooth and successful.”

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Pence’s Economist Hints at GSE Reform Principles in the Works

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief economist said the Trump administration is working on GSE reform principles. The comments came this week during a government relations summit hosted by the American Bankers Association. Mark Calabria, former director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute, caused a media frenzy when during a general session he said that a “set of principles” on GSE reform is likely to emerge in the coming months. Calabria is not a proponent of the GSEs, and believes that without Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, commercial banks would step in to fill the liquidity void for the simple reason they have so much in the way of “excess reserves.”

March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Buybacks Fell to Record Low in 4Q16, Legacy Lingers at Freddie

Mortgage lenders that sell loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw a huge drop in the volume of repurchases and other indemnifications in 2016, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis of disclosure reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. During the fourth quarter of 2016, lenders repurchased just $207.31 million of home loans, a 37.0 percent decline from the third quarter. That brought total repurchases to $1.101 billion last year, down 35.9 percent from 2015. Those are record lows in the contentious recent history of GSE buyback demands. Fannie and Freddie, along with other “asset securitizers,” began filing quarterly repurchase reports with the SEC in early...

March 24, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Retail Channel Dominated Agency Lending in 2016

Some 53.7 percent of newly originated mortgages delivered into agency mortgage-backed securities programs last year were generated through lenders’ retail production operations, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis. Correspondents accounted for the next largest share, 33.4 percent, of loans sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. The data exclude mortgages that were over six months old when they were securitized ... [Includes two data charts]

March 24, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: No GSE Capital in Nine Months / But Don’t Sweat It / Mel Knows / Fairholme’s Bad Bet on Sears / Impac Borrows Against Fannie Mae MSRs / Blend’s Clients Include Movement Mortgage

Not only does Fairholme own Fannie and Freddie shares, it has an investment in Sears, the troubled department store chain...

March 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Weighs Impact of Fannie, Freddie Reform Proposals on Private-Label MBS

Housing finance reform, especially if it weakens mortgage underwriting standards, could have a negative impact on private-label MBS as well as the government-sponsored enterprises’ credit risk-transfer transactions, according to a newly published report from Moody’s Investor Services. Analysts said that various reform proposals could reduce the influence that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have in the market and likely increase credit risk in new MBS in the short-term. Combined with a rising interest rate environment, such reform could have a credit-negative effect. Loan origination processes and the kinds of loans produced could become...

March 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Weak in February as Demand Declines; Market Nervous About Stocks, Trump’s Business Agenda

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS declined to $202.4 billion in February, one of the worst readings over the past six months, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. In January, volume was a bit healthier at $229.8 billion, but that was before concerns began to mount about President Trump’s business agenda and how successful the new White House might be in rolling back regulations – financial and otherwise. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press this week, fears were...

March 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA Sets a Date to Launch Final Stage Of Single Security, Details Project Costs

Sometime during the second quarter of 2019, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin issuing the new uniform MBS, a completely fungible security that will replace the separate to-be-announced MBS currently issued by the two government-sponsored entities. The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the deployment date for Release 2 of the single-security initiative this week. The new implementation date was moved back from the previous estimate of some time in 2018. The delay was...

March 23, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: GSE CSP Update: The UMBS will Arrive in 2Q19 / They Spent How Much on This Thing? / Cherry Hill REIT Taps the Equities Market / Freddie Mac Director Bolts for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

The CSP project comes with a cost: roughly $454 million has been spent so far...

March 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie and Freddie Accused of ‘Charter Creep’ in Financing SFR Operators

Two months after it was revealed that Fannie Mae would provide $1 billion in financing to single-family rental operator Invitation Homes, certain factions of the mortgage industry are starting to yell “charter creep.” Moreover, the National Association of Realtors and other trade groups are complaining that perhaps Fannie is spending too much of its limited resources helping Wall Street – the Blackstone Group grubstaked Invitation Homes initially – and not enough to help the first-time homebuyer. “What’s...

March 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

VA Considering Stronger Measures to Stop Early Solicitation of VA Purchase Loans for Refinancing

The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering possible solutions, including new regulation or policy changes, to address the ongoing problem of aggressive refinancing of VA purchase loans. Certain lenders and mortgage brokers apparently are still soliciting VA purchase loans for streamline refinancing despite Ginnie Mae’s effort to stop the practice and help mortgage-securities investors get full return on their investments. Ginnie Mae issued...

March 23, 2017 - IMFnews

A Change in the GSE PSPAs Coming Soon? Don’t Bet on It…

Waiting for a change in the GSE PSPAs is like waiting for Godot...

March 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

M&A Roundup: Freedom Mortgage Poised For Growth, Ditech Headed for the Exit?

Although 2017 is expected to be a down year for originations, Freedom Mortgage – already a top-10 ranked lender – is poised for growth via mergers and acquisitions and is pondering deals for both servicing rights and other shops. Company CEO and founder Stanley Middleman told Inside Mortgage Finance bluntly: “We’re shopping.” Although Middleman declined to name any targets, he said...

March 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Home-Equity Market Continued to Fizzle in Late 2016, HEL Debt Sinks to 13-Year Low

New originations of home-equity loans were up 8.0 percent in 2016 from the previous year, but the market peaked early and ended with consecutive quarterly declines in production, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Lenders originated an estimated $197.6 billion of home-equity lines of credit and closed-end second mortgages last year. It was the strongest output since 2008, but it was not enough to offset the years-long erosion of second-mortgage debt. At the end of 2016, the supply of outstanding home-equity loans fell...[Includes three data tables]

March 22, 2017 - IMFnews

Wall Streeter Phillips to Play ‘Critical’ Role at Treasury on GSE Reform; GSE ‘Principles’ Coming Soon from Trump?

Calabria joined the Trump administration from the conservative Cato Institute and is no fan of the GSEs...

March 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Prestwick Selling $335 Million of Fannie Mae Servicing Rights

A small portion of the loans are characterized as non-owner occupied…

March 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Wholesale-Broker Channel Saw Big Gains in Agency Market Last Year

Mortgage brokers earned their biggest market share in the Ginnie Mae sector…

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Launches National Listening Tour in Detroit. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson began a national listening tour March 15 at Benjamin Carson High School in Detroit. Carson’s three-day visit to his hometown gives him an opportunity to hear directly from HUD field personnel and stakeholders who rely upon and support public housing. This week, President Trump released his proposed preliminary FY 2018 budget, which showed among other things a drastic $6.2 billion reduction in funding for public housing assistance and affordable housing. HUD did not release an itinerary of Carson’s listening tour. IG Seeks Changes to Ginnie Mae’s Management Hierarchy, Staffing. Ginnie Mae’s outdated organizational structure and staff levels have made it difficult for the agency to properly monitor and mitigate the risk posed by the increasing number of nonbanks participating in ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Serial Rapid Refinancing Continues As VA, MBA Explore Potential Cures

Solicitation of VA purchase loans for streamline refinancing within weeks of closing is apparently continuing despite Ginnie Mae’s efforts to stop the harmful practice. The Mortgage Bankers Association has expressed concern that guidance on pooling eligibility for streamlined refinance loans, which Ginnie issued in October last year, was far less effective than expected. Although the aggressive refinancing trend has slowed due to Ginnie’s action, there are still “pockets of that activity” being reported, said Pete Mills, MBA senior vice president. Refinancing a veteran’s purchase mortgage less than six months after its origination is not in the vet’s best interest because it strips equity from the house and results in higher financing costs, said Mills. While the rapid refi trend involves only a small number of loans in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools, investors do not get the full benefit of their investment because of early prepayment. Mills said there are a handful of lenders and brokers that ...

March 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Credit Reporting Changes Could Spur More Mortgage Lending

The three major credit bureaus plan to exclude two critical pieces of negative information from their reports, which may make it easier for some borrowers to qualify for a mortgage.

March 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Government Must Turn Over Unprivileged Documents Relating to Treasury Sweep

In a prominent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholder case, the government was ordered to go back through thousands of documents related to the Treasury sweep to determine whether they fall under the executive privilege that has been more narrowly defined. In an attempt to make sure the government asserted privilege properly on the 11,000 documents it is withholding, Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney asked it to reexamine the large batch and turn over any that don’t merit secrecy by April 17. This order follows...

March 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Trump Administration Plan to Tackle Tax Reform Expected to Have an Impact on Housing Reform

Tax reform may have a significant impact on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, before federal policymakers get around to resolving the long-running conservatorships of the two government-sponsored enterprises. Reducing the corporate tax rate is a big component of the Trump administration’s tax reform plan, but it could force the GSEs to write down the value of their deferred tax assets. “It is...

March 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

HUD IG Calls for Changes in GNMA’s Structure, Monitoring to Reduce Risk Posed by Nonbanks

Ginnie Mae’s outdated organizational structure and staff levels have made it difficult for the agency to properly monitor and mitigate the risk posed by the increasing number of nonbanks participating in its MBS programs, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general. In a recent briefing paper, HUD Inspector General David Montoya highlighted challenges Ginnie faces in monitoring nonbanks, adding that HUD is currently being audited by the IG to gauge its capacity to track and supervise nonbanks, said Montoya. Ginnie acknowledged...

March 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Help Pick Up Some of the Slack as Overseas Investors, GSEs Shed MBS Holdings in Late 2016

Thanks to strong growth in the agency market, the supply of single-family MBS outstanding continued to grow over the final three months of 2016, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Agency MBS outstanding pushed to a new record, $6.034 trillion, as of the end of last year. The biggest gainer continued to be Ginnie Mae, which reported a 2.2 percent increase in the fourth quarter and a 7.7 percent gain for the year. Freddie Mac matched Ginnie’s fourth-quarter increase, but its year-to-date gain was smaller, 4.2 percent. Fannie Mae had...[Includes two data tables]

March 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Wholesale-Brokers Saw Biggest Gains in Agency Market Last Year, But Retail Was Still King

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae securitized $183.69 billion of newly originated mortgages produced through the wholesale-broker channel last year, a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis reveals. That was up 22.2 percent from 2015 volume, the biggest increase among the three mortgage-production channels. The biggest increase for broker originations was in Fannie mortgage-backed securities, rising 31.5 percent from 2015, accounting for 12.2 percent of the government-sponsored enterprise’s MBS issuance last year. The dataset includes only purchase and refinance loans that were securitized within six months of origination, and it excludes mortgages with no channel identification. Brokers earned...[Includes two data tables]

March 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Court Rules Against Lender in MI Cancellation Dispute, Says Federal Law Overrides GSE Servicing Guidelines

A borrower seeking cancellation of private mortgage insurance prevailed last week in a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase. The appeals court noted that federal law regarding standards for MI cancellation overrides Fannie Mae’s servicing guidelines. The case of Ginnine Fried v. JPMorgan Chase centers on how to calculate a borrower’s loan-to-value ratio when allowing for MI cancellation after the LTV ratio falls below 80.0 percent. The borrower filed...

March 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Credit Reporting Changes Could Spur Mortgage Lending as Consumers’ Scores Are Elevated

The three major credit bureaus plan to exclude two critical pieces of negative information from their reports, which may make it easier for some borrowers to qualify for a mortgage. Many tax liens and civil judgments, which can weigh down a credit score, will be removed. As part of a multi-year plan to alleviate incorrect information, on July 1, Equifax, Experian and Transunion will apply new public record standards when it comes to collecting and the timely updating of civil judgments and tax liens, the Consumer Data Industry Association said this week. The new standard will apply...

March 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Commercial Banks Continue Servicing Pullback, Thrifts and Credit Unions Pick Up Some Slack

The volume of home mortgages outstanding continued to grow during the final three months of 2016, no thanks to the commercial banking industry. Recently released data from the Federal Reserve show $10.266 trillion of mortgage debt outstanding at the end of last year. That was up 0.7 percent for the quarter and reflected a 2.3 percent gain for the full year. The market still has a long way to go to catch up to the $11.240 trillion of mortgage debt outstanding at the end of 2007, but growth has been steady since bottoming out in mid-2014. The agency market continued...[Includes two data tables]

March 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Deputy Treasury Secretary Role to Be Filled / Fannie Prices Second CRT of 2017 / Housing Inventory Continues Downward Spiral / FHFA Shows Refi Volume Down in Jan.

Former Goldman Sach executive, James Donovan, is the latest Goldman hire for a senior government position in the Trump Administration.

March 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Bulk of Fannie Mae's Latest NPL Sales Goes to Goldman Subsidiaries

Subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs (MTGLQ Investors) and Balbec Capital (Igloo Series II Trust) were the winning bidders of Fannie Mae's latest nonperforming loan sale announced this week. The four pools included a total of about 9,400 loans with an unpaid principal balance of $1.68 billion....

March 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Corporate Tax Reform Could Complicate Recapitalizing Fannie and Freddie

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have a harder time recapitalizing if their deferred tax assets are negatively impacted by corporate tax reform, according to one GSE spectator....

March 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: New Risk-Sharing Deal from Fannie / Lender Settles Discrimination Claims with HUD / New Residential Issues Non-Agency MBS / Fitch Affirms Ocwen's Ratings

Fannie Mae is preparing to issue a Connecticut Avenue Securities risk-sharing transaction relating to mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of $39.99 billion.

March 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Lenders Cite Cost, Implementation as Barriers to Use of New Technology

About one-third of the lenders surveyed by Fannie currently use technology service providers and another third are investigating next-generation technology service providers.

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Freddie Hosts Employee Panel on Affordable Housing. In commemoration of Black History Month, Freddie Mac’s ARISE employee resource group invited all employees to a panel discussion on the company's commitment to affordable housing, particularly in the African-American community. The GSE said that the panelists began by discussing the importance of homeownership in all communities, while recognizing that there is a gap between white and non-white homeownership rates. Panelists discussed ways that Freddie is helping close this divide via programs including Home Possible mortgages that offer low downpayment options for low- to moderate– income homebuyers, reducing one of the financial barriers that impede African-American families from homeownership. And they talked about the GSE’s commitment to financing affordable rental properties. Investors Unite Podcast Launch.

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie’s Second Front-End CRT Deal Transfers $15 Billion

Fannie Mae’s second front-end credit risk sharing transaction is much larger than its first deal as it shifts a portion of the risk on about $15 billion worth of single-family loans. The inaugural front-end CRT announced in October, involved about $3.7 billion of single-family loans. These two transactions use credit insurance risk transfer on the front end of the transaction. Most of the GSEs’ CIRT transactions have involved insurance contracts on pools of loans that have already been securitized. This deal, like the first, will be completed on a flow basis with the risk transfer taking place before Fannie acquires the covered loans. And the insurance coverage will begin immediately after acquisition.

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie January Delinquencies Reach Lowest Point Since 2008

The number of Freddie Mac mortgages that have fallen seriously delinquent or are in foreclosure dropped below 1 percent in January, the first time in close to a decade. Last week Freddie reported that the rate is significantly below the 3.13 percent rate for the entire mortgage market. The last time it was under 1 percent was in 2008, when it was .93 percent. It peaked at 4.20 percent two years later in 2010. It has gradually come down in subsequent years with the rate falling to 3.25 percent in 2012 and 1.88 percent in 2014. The seriously delinquent rate is for mortgage loans that are three or more monthly payments past due or are in foreclosure.

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Industry Groups Rally Around Bill to Protect Guarantee-Fee Usage

Preventing GSE guarantee fees from being used as income for unrelated government spending has been an ongoing battle. In the latest attempt to block this from happening, more than a dozen mortgage and housing groups sent a joint letter in support of the Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act. H.R. 916, introduced by Reps. Mark Sanford, R-SC, and Brad Sherman, D-CA, was created to stop g-fees from being tapped for non-housing programs. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Community Mortgage Lenders of America, the American Bankers Association and U.S. Mortgage Insurers are among the 14 groups that signed the letter. They argue that increasing g-fees for other purposes imposes an...

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Changes Impact Self-Employed and 401(k) Reporting

Freddie Mac implemented a few underwriting changes that went into effect this week regarding a borrower’s self-employment status, retirement accounts and commission income. The GSE announced that the documentation required for self-employed borrowers will be revised based on the number of years the borrower has been self-employed and the business has been in existence. Borrowers self-employed for less than five years will face greater scrutiny under the new requirement. Borrowers who are self-employed and have had a business operation for at least five years will require one year of personal and business returns. But those who have been self-employed with business in operation for less...

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Corporate Tax Reform’s Potential Impact on Fannie and Freddie

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have a harder time recapitalizing if their deferred tax assets are negatively impacted by corporate tax reform, according to one GSE spectator. The Trump administration said it plans to restructure taxes before housing reform. Industry observers, like former Fannie Mae CFO Tim Howard, speculate on what impact that would have on Fannie and Freddie. Howard said that putting housing reform behind tax reform adds a “complication to the task of ultimately recapitalizing the companies, should that be what [Treasury Secretary Steven] Mnuchin chooses to do.” Mnuchin recently made public comments on network news stating that while housing reform is one of his priorities, it’s going to take more time.

March 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Government Ordered to to Review Documents for Bogus Privilege Claims

The government has until April 17 to prove that the 11,000 documents it is withholding are correctly labeled as “privileged.” This week, a ruling by Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney ordered the government to review the documents and release those that are non-privileged to the plaintiff’s attorneys in Fairholme Funds Inc. et al., v. The United States. The order came on the heels of a January appeals court ruling that found the bulk of a batch of 56 documents the government refused to turn over to the plaintiff’s attorneys, after being ordered to do so last year, did not merit privilege treatment. They included various memos, emails and presentations from the Treasury, Federal Housing...

March 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Older Homeowners Not Tapping Home Equity

Homeowners over the age of 65 rarely use their mortgages to access their home equity, according to a new study by the Urban Institute and Fannie Mae. Even as a large number of seniors reported concerns about finances during retirement, Fannie noted that just 6 percent of older adult homeowners are interested in tapping their home equity. Relatively few seniors use FHA reverse mortgages, closed-end seconds, home-equity lines of credit and cash-out refinances to tap built-up home equity. One reason seniors hesitate...

March 10, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Correspondent Big Winner in Some Segments

The correspondent lending channel was the big winner last year in terms of increased production and market share – at least in the conventional-conforming and jumbo sectors, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends. Competition among the three main production channels evened out in the government-insured market. Correspondent production of conventional-conforming mortgages increased...

March 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Reform Proposals Have Different Takes On What Will Become of Fannie, Freddie

A common theme among housing finance reform proposals is to infuse more private capital into the system while not disrupting the market. Beyond that, the plans take significantly different approaches about what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Jim Parrott, senior fellow at the Urban Institute and the co-author of one of those proposals, released a paper this week comparing his plan with the revised proposal from the Mortgage Bankers Association and a blueprint described by the Milken Institute. The MBA proposed...


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