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January 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Time to Worry About ‘Deferred Tax Assets’? / Good News or Bad News? / A ‘Conceptual Exercise’ / Sen. Elizabeth Warren Won’t be in Attendance / New PAC Chief for MBA

One mortgage insurance lobbyist, when informed of the possibility, called it “great news” while two lenders we interviewed said it was an awful development…


January 18, 2017 - IMFnews

Real Estate Investors Get Invited to Fannie Mae Meeting. The Topic: SFR Loans

The invitation to the SFR meeting provided some hope to real estate investors, who have a hard time obtaining financing...


January 18, 2017 - IMFnews

GSE MBS Volume Hit a 3-Year High in 2016

Although heavy refinancing activity accounted for the fourth-quarter uptick in MBS issuance, 2016 was also a strong purchase-mortgage market…


January 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Servicing Auctions Begin to Heat Up; New Packages from IMA, Phoenix

The lenders selling the MSRs are both nonbanks…


January 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Correspondent Share of GSE Business Edged Higher in 4Q16; Brokers Slumped

United Shore Financial Services was the top seller of broker loans by a wide margin, with $5.83 billion in fourth-quarter activity, more than twice its nearest competitor…


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Moody’s says HAMP Replacement Program Credit Neutral for CRTs. The GSEs’ new Flex Modification foreclosure prevention program that will replace the expired Home Affordable Modification Program has a neutral credit impact on GSE risk-risk transfer deals. Moody’s said that the volume of modifications and the re-default performance under the Flex program will be comparable to modification levels and performance under the current programs. The firm also noted that the new program will not result in increased modification volume. Servicers have until Oct. 1, 2017, to implement the new program. Freddie’s Recent ACIS Transaction. Last week, Freddie Mac announced its last Agency Credit Insurance Structure of 2016 in the form of a $285 million offering. The GSE said it...


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Developers Seek Ideas for Fannie Headquarters Once Vacated

As Fannie Mae prepares to vacate its iconic headquarters with a move to downtown Washington in 2018, the buyers of the colonial-style building are mulling over plans on what to do with the four-story, close to 250,000 square-foot property. Roadside Development, in a partnership with Sekisui House, bought the building situated on about 10 acres last month.Before making plans on what to do with the property, Roadside is seeking public input in the form of community meetings and online outreach. Roadside founding Principal Richard Lake said the firm wants to sit with the community and spend time with them to get ideas, just as they did in other nearby development projects.


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

IG: FHFA Should Better Manage Nonbank Servicer Risks

A recent audit showed that the Federal Housing Finance Agency needs to do a better job at managing nonbank risks such as mortgage servicing transfers. In response, the FHFA said it will finalize a risk-based proposal to examine how well the GSEs manage that and other risks by the end of this month. The FHFA’s Inspector General said that the agency has not made sure that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are tackling potential risks. The IG noted that out of three advisory bulletins issued that addressed nonbank servicer risk, one of the GSEs only complied with one of the bulletins.The heavily redacted report doesn’t mention which GSE failed to comply with the bulletins, but a...


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Treasury Dept. Talks Housing Progress and New Goals

As the guard prepares to change in a week, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in an exit memo released last week that only legislation can comprehensively address “the ongoing shortcomings of the housing finance system.” In the memo, Lew documents the Treasury’s progress over the last eight years and outlines his goals for the future of the department. He said that fixing the housing finance system remains the major unfinished piece of work of post-financial crisis reform. While he said the housing market has improved, Lew acknowledged that many homeowners and neighborhoods continue to struggle. “A starting point for such legislation should be the principles President Obama laid out in 2013, which stressed a clearly-defined role for the...


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Mae Makes Changes to Simplify Investor Reporting

Fannie Mae is eliminating the mortgage-backed securities call-in requirement in preparation for the upcoming integration with the Common Securitization Platform. The change is part of several modifications to the GSE’s investor reporting requirements that servicers must implement by Feb. 1 when reporting borrower activity. The GSE referred to the MBS call-in as a “non-industry standard and redundant practice” that requires servicers to report their monthly pool balances for MBS swaps and loan activity data reports. In addition to preparing servicers for when Fannie integrates with the CSP, the change will help simplify policies and procedures. “Fannie Mae can rely on existing loan level data from servicers to drive security balance processing. Servicers will no longer have...


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Real Estate Investors Optimistic About GSE Quarterly Meeting

Fannie Mae invited several real estate investors to its first quarterly meeting of the year this month to discuss single-family rental loans. Tom Wilson of Wilson Investment Properties and Bruce Norris of the Norris Group attended and spoke from the investor’s perspective on single-family rental loans, which have become harder to obtain since the housing downturn. Wilson said that as a result it’s been more difficult for investors and landlords to be “economically motivated” to provide sufficient housing. Discussions at the meeting with the two California-based real estate investors centered on Fannie’s limit on the number of loans to a...


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Investors Unite Hopes Privatization Leads to Shareholder Fairness

With increased talk of privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Investors Unite wants reassurance that shareholders will be treated fairly. The GSE shareholders rights trade group said, “Now everybody is talking about ending the conservatorship,” in a recent blog posting. While that may be an exaggeration, since the presidential election there has been a renewed interest in bringing the GSEs out of its eight-plus years conservatorship, where they’ve been since September 2008. Recent talks began with and snowballed after Treasury-secretary designee Steve Mnuchin said that getting the GSEs out of government control would be a top priority for the new presidential administration. And Mnuchin said that he plans to do this “reasonably fast.”


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Reform Outlook Optimistic, Questions Remain

Although the question of when the conservatorship status of the GSEs will be resolved is still up in the air, a new administration has many speculating that change is on the horizon for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The November election gave Republicans both houses of Congress and the executive branch. This seemed to lend itself to more talks on when and how to reform the GSEs as they approach close to a decade in conservatorship. But, while the sentiment to do something is apparent, agreeing on the best path forward is a different story. And, as in the past, there is no shortage of competing thought processes and proposals.


January 13, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Gained Share in Surging GSE 1-Family Business of 2016

Heavy refinance activity at the end of the year lifted single-family business at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a three-year high in 2016, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis and ranking. The two firms guaranteed $973.72 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during 2016, up 18.1 percent from the previous year. That included a 5.7 percent increase from the third to the fourth quarter that was fueled by a 24.5 percent jump in refi loans delivered into new GSE MBS. While both companies saw solid gains from 2015 activity, Fannie’s 23.3 percent increase was more than double the 11.0 percent rise in Freddie volume. [includes two charts]


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Basel Capital Requirements’ Impact on Non-Agency MBS Activities Uncertain, According to GAO

Capital requirements regarding bank holdings of non-agency MBS increased significantly after federal regulators implemented Basel III reforms in 2014. And while banks have largely been reluctant to re-enter the market for non-agency MBS issuance, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office suggests that the impact of bank involvement in the non-agency MBS market is unclear. The GAO was asked to explain how capital requirements for a mortgage depend on how the loan is financed and how the requirements have changed since the financial crisis. The report was requested by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, who until recently was the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The GAO noted...


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

The Outlook for GSE Reform Brightens, But When and How is a Different Story

Change in the political balance in Washington that put the GOP in control of both houses of Congress and the executive branch has fueled speculation that something will finally be done to resolve the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As in the past, there is no shortage of competing proposals. At an Urban Institute seminar this week, Rick Lazio, former Republican congressman from New York, said...


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHA’s New Pricing Adjustment Could Boost Ginnie Mae Issuance, Trigger Prepayments on Premium MBS

The 25 basis-point mortgage insurance premium cut announced this week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s departing leadership could switch $50 billion of issuance from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac business to FHA as well as cause premium Ginnie Mae MBS to prepay faster, according to market analysts. Absent any adversarial pricing by private mortgage insurers, a guaranty fee adjustment by the Federal Housing Finance Agency or a reversal by the Trump administration, analysts with Bank of America Merrill Lynch see up to 12 percent of purchase and 2 percent of refis shifting to FHA. On June 9, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced...


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fourth-Quarter Slump in New GSE Credit-Risk Transfers Leaves 2016 With Small Increase from Previous Year

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last year issued a combined $12.93 billion of debt notes that pay investors based on the performance of reference pools, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of their credit-risk transfer programs. That was up just 2.8 percent from the 2015 volume of new issuance in Fannie’s Connecticut Avenue Securities program and Freddie’s Structured Agency Credit Risk program. It brought total issuance in the two platforms, which started issuance in late 2013, to $38.08 billion. Interestingly, total new single-family MBS production by the two government-sponsored enterprises was...[Includes one data table]


January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Production Tumbled Sharply In 2016; Nonprime Sector Showed Some Life

In 2016, a mere $42.93 billion of non-agency MBS were issued, down 32.5 percent from the previous year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. It was the second-lowest annual output since 2012. The picture would look a bit brighter if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit-risk transfer deals were included, as well as single-family rental securitizations, which both compete for the investors that might be interested in non-agency MBS. But the government-sponsored enterprise CRT deals are debt issues and they couldn’t be any more “agency,” while the SFR securitizations look a lot more like commercial MBS than residential MBS. The prime jumbo market hit...[Includes three data tables]


January 13, 2017 - IMFnews

A Different Type of Mortgage Fraud: ‘Reverse-Occupancy’ Scams Involving FTHBs

Borrowers completing reverse-occupancy fraud aim to qualify for a mortgage with help from the theoretical rental income from the so-called investment property…


January 12, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA to Step Up Pressure on Fannie and Freddie to Manage Nonbank Servicer Risks

The Federal Housing Finance Agency says it will finalize new plans for examining how well Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac manage the risks of mortgage servicing transfers this month. The agency has been under scrutiny by its Inspector General for failing to push the two government-sponsored enterprises to manage risks posed by nonbank servicers. In a new report, the IG said the FHFA has not fully made sure that both GSEs are following the three advisory bulletins it has issued that address nonbank servicer risks, among other things. The report is heavily redacted, making it difficult to determine where FHFA examiners have failed, but it appears that there have been shortcomings for one of the GSEs. The three advisory bulletins address...


January 12, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

‘Reverse-Occupancy Fraud’ a Concern, Particularly Among First-Time Homebuyers

Some borrowers are obtaining mortgages for investment properties and occupying the home as a primary residence instead of renting out the home, according to industry analysts. Such “reverse-occupancy fraud” is especially prevalent among first-time homebuyers who might not otherwise qualify for a mortgage. Borrowers completing reverse-occupancy fraud aim to qualify for a mortgage with help from the theoretical rental income from the so-called investment property. Mortgages for a business purpose – typically including mortgages for investment properties – aren’t subject to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule, allowing lenders to use looser underwriting standards. Fannie Mae issued...


January 12, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks and Nonbanks Expected to Make Handsome MSR Mark-ups for 4Q16. But What Does it Mean for Sales?

Banks and nonbanks alike are expected to unveil sizable mark-ups on the asset value of their mortgage servicing rights for the fourth quarter, with the general consensus being that increases will range from 20 to 25 basis points. One servicing advisor, requesting his name not be used, said he has some clients that will book gains of 30 to 35 bps, though he indicated this won’t be the norm. “In general, it’s going to be a huge move,” he said. This source made...


January 12, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Securitization of Private MI Loans Declined In 4Q16 Despite Jump in Insured Refi Loans

Lenders delivered $68.26 billion of single-family loans with private mortgage insurance coverage, including modified loans, into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Fourth-quarter private MI activity for the two government-sponsored enterprises was down 10.1 percent from the previous quarter. Overall, Fannie/Freddie single-family MBS production was up 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter. The drop in MI-insured business at the two GSEs tracked...[Includes two data tables]


January 12, 2017 - IMFnews

FHFA to Step Up Pressure on Fannie and Freddie to Manage Nonbank Servicer Risks

The new FHFA IG report is heavily redacted…


January 12, 2017 - IMFnews

Securitization of Private MI Loans Declined in 4Q16; Full-Year Numbers Look Good

The GSE figures suggest that private MIs saw a measurable drop in new insurance written in the final three months of 2016, but ended the year with a significant increase in volume compared to 2015.


January 11, 2017 - IMFnews

Treasury Nominee Mnuchin Owns a Stake in Fannie & Freddie (Indirectly)

According to his financial disclosure form, Mnuchin lists the value of his Advantage stake at $500,001 to $1 million.


January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

VA Extends Making Home Affordable Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the Making Home Affordable program to Oct. 1, 2017. The program was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2017. USDA Approves NewFed Mortgage to originate Section 52 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved NewFed Mortgage Corp., a multi-state residential mortgage lender, to originate USDA loans. Based in Danvers, MA, retailer NewFed offers FHA, VA, USDA, conventional and jumbo mortgage products. Reviews Genworth Financial’s Proposed Sale to Chinese Conglomerate. Fannie Mae has approved Arch Capital’s acquisition of ...


January 6, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: What’s Up with Walter Investment? / MSR ‘Mark-up’ Mania / Rates Heading South, a Bit / Layoff Rumors and Actual Layoffs / Bad News for GSE ‘Recap and Release’?

With rates falling again, lenders may be rethinking any planned layoffs...


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treasury Officials Favor Explicit Government MBS Guarantee and Credit Access in all Economic Cycles

The only word from the incoming Trump administration about the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is that the prospective Treasury secretary wants to bring them out of conservatorship. The Obama administration, however, commits only to preserving an explicit government guarantee for a “defined class” of MBS. “The explicit government guarantee would be funded by financial institutions and would act as insurance against catastrophic losses,” said the Treasury in a late December blog posting by Jane Dokko, deputy assistant secretary for financial economics, and Sam Valverde, a counselor in the Office of Domestic Finance. However, the authors don’t elaborate on what would shape the defined class. Under the new guarantee, investors would be assured...


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

With So Many Foreign Investors Owning Ginnie MBS, Who Becomes President of the Agency is Paramount

The incoming Trump administration has yet to pick a new president for Ginnie Mae, but foreign investors will be keeping a close eye on the selection for the simple reason they own a ton of the agency’s MBS. According to Sept. 30 figures provided to Inside MBS & ABS, foreign investment in Ginnie MBS is now at a record $552 billion, or roughly 35 percent of all outstanding securities. The agency could not provide...


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Angel Oak Gears Up for New Non-Agency MBS, While PIMCO and Citadel May Tap the Market Later in 2017

With two of the nation’s largest originators of nonprime and non-qualified mortgages hoping for a record production year in 2017, the mostly anemic securitization market for these types of credits could receive a real boost. But the big question remains: how much will the two firms – Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and Citadel Servicing Corp. – tap the MBS market? In 2016, the Irvine, CA-based Citadel funded...


January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Heavy Agency MBS Production Lifted Total Asset Securitization to 3-Year High in 2016

Another record year for Ginnie Mae MBS issuance plus strong volume in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs helped push total securitization of residential mortgages and non-mortgage ABS to a three-year high of $1.698 trillion in 2016. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis shows that total MBS and ABS issuance – not including commercial MBS – was up 13.3 percent from 2015. Agency production of single-family MBS totaled $1.481 trillion in 2016, up 17.5 percent from the previous year. Over a third of that came from Ginnie, which set a new annual record with $507.5 billion in single-family MBS issuance. The non-agency MBS market was...[Includes three data tables]


January 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Loosens Rules on FHLBank Advance Collateral And Servicing Transfers for Acquired Mortgages

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late last month issued two final rules that will give the Federal Home Loan Banks somewhat more flexibility in setting collateral requirements for advances and managing their acquired member assets (AMA). A new AMA rule was necessary because the Dodd-Frank Act requires financial regulators to remove references to ratings, which had been used in setting limits on their AMA programs, most of which involve purchases of mortgages from member institutions. Under the new rule, the FHLBanks will be able to choose their own models to determine credit enhancement requirements. The FHFA also deferred...


January 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PHH Shareholders May Get a ‘Special Dividend’ As the Nonbank Finishes its ‘Self Liquidation’

A year from now, PHH Mortgage likely won’t be around, at least not as a conventional mortgage-banking franchise that originates residential loans and retains servicing rights. That’s what analysts and investment bankers who follow the stock now believe, especially in light of the company’s recent announcement that it will sell its $72 billion portfolio of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mortgage servicing rights to New Residential Investment Corp. for $612 million or 84 basis points. Once completed, the sale – along with a pending disposal of its Ginnie Mae MSR – will leave...


January 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE 1-Family Business Closed 2016 on a High Note, Quarterly MBS Volume Highest Level Since 2013

Mortgage lenders delivered a hefty $299.25 billion of single-family home loans into the mortgage-backed securities platforms at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Production in the final three months of 2016 was up just 5.7 percent from the third quarter at the two government-sponsored enterprises. But it was the biggest output since the second quarter of 2013, when the mortgage market was wrapping up a 12-month binge of activity with $337.74 billion in Fannie/Freddie MBS issuance. The strong finish – GSE business was up in each quarter of 2016 – put...[Includes three data tables]


January 5, 2017 - IMFnews

Final GSE MBS Tally for 4Q16: Just Shy of $300 Billion; Best Quarter Since 2Q13

Fannie Mae’s MBS issuance in 2016 was up 23.3 percent from the previous year…


December 30, 2016 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: 10 Mortgage Firms to Keep an Eye on in 2017 – and Why

But if you think that Wells Fargo will pull a “BofA” and quietly downshift its presence in mortgages, think again.


December 29, 2016 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A Host of Approvals Needed on PHH Deal / A $10 Million Termination Fee / Sell and Subservice / And the Ginnies Go To… / New Hire for Gateway Mortgage

New Residential is entitled to a $10 million termination fee if the sale falls apart...


December 29, 2016 - IMFnews

To Privatize (or Not) Fannie and Freddie, That is the Question

Tim Howard, a former Fannie Mae CFO, called Mnuchin’s comments “a welcome reset…”


December 28, 2016 - IMFnews

The Largest MSR Deal in Years: PHH Agrees to Sell $72 Billion of Bulk Product to REIT ‘New Rez’

PHH said it will subservice the loans for New Residential "for an initial period of three years, subject to certain termination provisions."


December 28, 2016 - IMFnews

FHFA IG Notes Lack of Transparency in CSP Costs

Instead, the FHFA only disclosed specific CSP cost data once – in a September 2015 status report…


December 27, 2016 - IMFnews

Treasury Department Officials: Obama Supports ‘Explicit’ Guaranty on a ‘Defined Class’ of MBS

Some GSE observers believe an “implicit” guaranty is the same thing as an “explicit” one…


December 27, 2016 - IMFnews

Is it the End of an Era for GSE Loan Buybacks?

Excluding legacy-related buybacks, total GSE seller repurchases would have been down 9.9 percent…


December 22, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

FHLBank Topeka President to Retire. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka announced on Dec. 20 that Andrew Jetter, president and CEO, will begin serving as senior advisor on Jan. 1, 2017, until his retirement date in the first quarter of 2017. Mark Yardley, executive vice president and chief risk officer, will serve as interim president and CEO until a new one is appointed. CBO Suggests Higher G-Fees, Lower Loan Limits. The Congressional Budget Office is looking for ways to reduce the budget impact of government-backed mortgage programs and recommends that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac increase their guarantee fees and/or significantly lower their loan limits.


December 22, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Mae’s ‘Day 1 Certainty’ Now In Effect in Desktop Underwriter

Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter has been updated this month to include an employment and asset verification service under its Day 1 Certainty initiative announced in October. Day 1 was created to alleviate buyback fears on some loan components for lenders using its underwriting and appraisal tools. The GSE said that lenders would be relieved from most representations-and-warranty risk when it comes to verifying a borrower’s income, assets and employment. When a lender opts in to use the DU validation service, Fannie said that DU will use third-party vendor data to perform calculations and validate information entered by the lender.


December 22, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Two House Bills Push to Expand GSE Credit-Risk Transfers

Two House bills introduced last week focus on making sure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac broaden their scope of credit risk-sharing transactions through pilot programs and the use of deeper mortgage insurance coverage. The “Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Act of 2016” would require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to push the GSEs to transfer at least 400 basis points of their total risk. Meanwhile, the “Moving Housing Forward Act” would set up a system for Fannie and Freddie to sell off some of the “catastrophic” risk retained by the GSEs on mortgage-backed securities issued in the to-be-announced market.


December 22, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

The ‘To Privatize or Not to Privatize’ Fannie, Freddie Debate Continues

Whether to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continues to be a topic up for debate ever since Steven Mnuchin, president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, said getting the GSEs out of conservatorship is a priority. This week the Community Home Lenders of America applauded Mnuchin’s recent comments about promptly returning Fannie and Freddie to the private sector. The group told President-elect Trump that he should permit the GSEs to retain a capital buffer and submit a recapitalization plan to end their conservatorship and re-privatize them. In the letter, which included other recommendations of what should be done in Trump’s first 30 days, the CHLA noted that because...


December 22, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA IG Report Notes Lack of Transparency in CSP Cost, Risk

The Federal Housing Finance Agency agreed to disclose the total cost of the common securitization platform after a Dec. 15 audit by the FHFA Office of Inspector General revealed issues in transparency. The auditors said that while the FHFA committed to be transparent in its development of the multiyear project in 2014, the FHFA has not disclosed detailed costs or associated risks in its public reports. Instead, it only discloses the costs incurred though mid-2015. FHFA only disclosed specific CSP cost data once in a September 2015 status report, in which it announced that, from 2012 through mid-2015, the GSEs spent $146 million to develop the actual CSP platform. Then, their 2015 10-Ks revealed the amount increased to $218 million by year-end 2015.


December 22, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA’s Flex Modification to Replace Expiring HAMP Program

With the Home Affordable Modification Program expiring in about a week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently introduced the Flex Modification foreclosure prevention program to take its place in helping delinquent borrowers get back on their feet. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said that the new program is based on lessons learned from loan modification programs created during the housing crisis. The Flex Modification is a hybrid of three different types of programs, including HAMP. “The Flex Modification program also reflects input received over the course of extensive engagement with lenders, mortgage insurers, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders,” said FHFA Deputy Director Sandra Thompson, adding that by avoiding...


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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

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