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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

Private MI Companies Push for Change to QM Points- And-Fees Calculation, Aligning GSE and FHA Standards

Congress should pass legislation setting uniform standards for qualified mortgages, according to the U.S. Mortgage Insurers trade group. USMI raised particular concerns about differences in the points-and-fees calculation for FHA mortgages compared with the standard for mortgages delivered to the government-sponsored enterprises. As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established standards for QMs. Certain federal regulators, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, were allowed to implement QM standards that differed from the CFPB standards. USMI noted...

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 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 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 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

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 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 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

Fannie, Freddie Multifamily Market May Cool Some in 2017

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily lending is booming and hit a record high in 2016, but how long will that streak last? Some say the supply and demand dynamics are changing as developers rushed to build to meet a growing demand that may be leveling off some this year. Fannie ended last year having provided $55.3 billion in financing and support of the multifamily market. In 2016, Freddie financed $56.8 billion in loan purchases and bond guarantees. “Credit performance of the book of business was strong in 2016. The number of multifamily foreclosed properties held for sale remained low at 13 properties as of December 31, 2016,” reported Fannie.

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

Prominent GSE Reform Proposals Share a Few Common Themes

Three prominent GSE reform proposals have been floated over the past year and the Urban Institute said they have more commonalities than differences. In an attempt to clarify some of the choices presented in the reform proposals, Jim Parrott, senior fellow at the UI, penned a paper highlighting the similarities and zeroing in on the differences. …

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 The GSEs

GSE 1-Family Business Dropped in February as Refi Slumped

New issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fell 30.6 percent from January to February as the refinance business continued to weaken. The two GSEs issued a combined $63.67 billion of single-family MBS last month, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis and ranking. Absent a heavy refi flow, February is typically the low point in the annual cycle. A year ago, combined Fannie/Freddie production totaled just $50.05 billion in February. Production in the first two months of 2017 was up 45.7 percent from the same period last year, with big gains in both purchase (up 42.7 percent) and refi business (up 57.7 percent). But while purchase-mortgage lending is...

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...

March 10, 2017 - IMFnews

Industry Bands Together to Fight G-Fee Usage for Unrelated Funding

According to an Inside Mortgage Finance analysis, Fannie and Freddie have passed along some $9.6 billion of MBS fees under the provisions of the 2011 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act.

March 9, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Support Grows for Bill to Prevent Government From Tapping G-fees for Unrelated Funding

More than a dozen mortgage and housing groups are backing a House bill that would prevent guaranty fees on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities from being hijacked to pay for unrelated government spending. A joint trade group letter, signed by the Mortgage Bankers Association, Community Mortgage Lenders of America, the American Bankers Association, U.S. Mortgage Insurers and others, argues that tapping g-fees for other unrelated purposes imposes an “unjustified burden” on homeowners who would be forced to pay for the increase through higher monthly payments for the life of their loan. Our organizations were...

March 8, 2017 - IMFnews

Fairholme Case Update: Judge Orders Government to Review and Hand Over Non-Privileged Documents

Since Fairholme filed its “takings” case the government, Uncle Sam has turned over 48,000 documents totaling more than 500,000 pages.

March 7, 2017 - IMFnews

How Much Longer Can Hedge Funds Hold on to their GSE Stock Wagers?

Fairholme extolled the GSE’s massive fourth quarter profits of almost $10 billion, and called them “indispensable” to the mortgage insurance industry…

March 6, 2017 - IMFnews

The Trump ‘Wire Tap’ Accusation and What it Means for the GSEs

Cowen notes: “…this latest flare up reinforces our view that Treasury is unlikely in 2017 to unilaterally change the profit sweep at Fannie and Freddie…”

March 3, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Greater Liquidity in Ginnie MBS Led to Higher Share for Nonbanks

By creating liquidity in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) policies have attracted lenders – mostly nonbanks – whose funding relies more on securitizations – toward FHA loan originations, according to a new paper published by academicians. The paper, “Nonbanks and Lending Standards in Mortgage Markets: The Spillovers from Liquidity Regulation,” maintains that such lenders approve more FHA loans because they can sell the loans easily, given the high liquidity of the securitized product. The greater liquidity in Ginnie MBS has resulted in higher market share and eased standards especially for nonbanks and lenders with less deposit funding. It also has led to tighter standards for conventional mortgages, which are eligible for government sponsored enterprise securitization, wrote Pedro Gete and Michael Reher, researchers in the ...

March 3, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: What We Talk About When We Talk About Financial Lunacy / Should Apple Buy Fannie and Freddie? / The Coming Boom in Mortgage Delinquencies in the Washington, DC, Area /

Go figure: An "app" company called Snap that may never make a nickel is now worth more than Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...

March 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

How Much Longer Can Hedge Funds Hold on to Their GSE Stock Wagers?

Late last month, Fairholme Capital chief Bruce Berkowitz sent out a press release reassuring his shareholders that the hedge fund’s bet on owning the junior preferred stock of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will prevail, eventually. Among other things, the veteran equity-fund manager extolled the government-sponsored enterprises’ massive fourth quarter profits of almost $10 billion, called them “indispensable” to the mortgage insurance industry and reminded readers they continue to fulfill “their historic role of insuring adequate levels of liquidity to lenders of all sizes.” He also mentioned...

March 3, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency MBS Production Takes it on the Chin in February: Down Almost 28 Percent

But the numbers need to be put into perspective: Agency MBS production in the first two months of 2017 was up 36.3 percent from the same period last year…

March 2, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

House Budget Vote Suggests GOP to Keep Reform Of Dodd-Frank, CFPB, GSEs on Its Front Burner

The House Financial Services Committee, as part of the congressional budget process, this week voted on its budget views and estimates for fiscal year 2018, with an eye on changing the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The committee’s report is intended as guidance for the House Budget Committee as it crafts its FY2018 budget legislation but is not binding. In reference to Dodd-Frank, the HFSC Republicans’ budget document stated...

March 2, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Participants Push to Include Servicing Reforms in Broader Housing Reform Efforts

As policymakers work toward housing finance reform, industry participants are forming plans to ensure that servicing issues are addressed. The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center recently launched the Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, which will provide data on servicing issues and analyze possible solutions. “We are...

March 2, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Congress Focusing More on GSE Reform; Credit-Risk Transfer Deals Seen as a Model and Potential Deterrent

Calls from offices of members of Congress seeking information regarding reform options for the government-sponsored enterprises have increased recently, according to Andrew Davidson, president of Andrew Davidson & Co., an analytics firm. Speaking this week at the SFIG Vegas conference produced by Information Management Network and the Structured Finance Industry Group, Davidson said he has received “a surprising number of calls” from congressional staff regarding GSE reform. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been...

March 1, 2017 - IMFnews

Fannie/Freddie Retained Portfolios Continued Shrinking in 2016 – Mostly by Shedding MBS

Fannie Mae cut its portfolio of Fannie MBS by 42.9 percent last year...

February 28, 2017 - IMFnews

Picking up a Head of Steam: Congressional Interest in GSE Reform?

However, GSE reform will require a bipartisan effort and already other priorities are developing…

February 27, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Letting the Single-Security Flag Fly at SFIG / Lots of Emails Regarding the GSEs / $10B of GSE Preferred Sold the Year Before Seizure / Maloni Responds / Moving (In)to Montana / A New Hire for Selene

Bradd Gold of Au Consulting LLC noted that in the year prior to their federal takeover, Fannie and Freddie sold $10 billion of GSE junior preferred.

February 27, 2017 - IMFnews

GSE Seller Buybacks Tumbled to Record Low in 4Q16

For the full year, GSE seller repurchases totaled just $1.101 billion, a record annual low…

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

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February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Freddie’s First NPL Sale of 2017. Freddie Mac announced its first nonperforming loan sale of the year last week, a $759 million auction of seasoned non-performing residential whole loans. The NPLs are currently serviced by Nationstar Mortgage LLC and Specialized Loan Servicing LLC. This is also Freddie Mac’s second multi-servicer NPL transaction. The NPLs are being marketed via five pools: four Standard Pool Offerings and one Extended Timeline Pool Offering, which targets participation by smaller investors, including non-profits and minority and women-owned businesses. HARP Refi Volume Slow in 4Q. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that 13,220 borrowers refinanced their mortgages through the Home Affordable Refinance Program...

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

DeMarco Talks Ginnie-based Model for GSE Housing Reform

Former Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Ed DeMarco continues to push his housing finance reform proposal leaning toward a Ginnie Mae model that would convert the GSEs into companies mutually owned by mortgage lenders. DeMarco, while speaking at a secondary market symposium in Florida earlier this month sponsored by Keefe Bruyette and Woods, said the proposal calls for risk sharing using private capital to meaningfully increase capital present at the mortgage-backed securities level. KBW called the plan “promising” because it’s proposing changes that are incremental as opposed to proposing a completely new structure for the mortgage market. “We think the mortgage insurers and mortgage real estate investment trusts are well...

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Wells Says Structural Changes to STACR are a Prudent Move

A structural change in Freddie Mac’s popular Structured Agency Credit Risk transfer program gives Freddie less credit protection at higher loss levels, according to an analysis of the GSE’s first STACR deal of the year. So far, this year, Freddie has priced STACR Series 2017-DNA1 on Jan. 31 and STACR Series 2017-HQA1 on Feb. 14. The first deal of the year was an $802 million STACR debt notes offering referencing mortgages with low loan-to-value ratios ranging from 60 to 80 percent. This particular deal has a reference pool of single-family mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of about $33.9 billion.

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Federal Home Loan Bank Earnings Rose Almost 20 Percent for 2016

The Federal Home Loan Bank System increased its earnings by 6 percent in the fourth quarter and saw an 18.7 percent increase for all of 2016. Earnings rose in the last three months of the year to $913 million, from $861 million in the third quarter, rounding out the year with a net income total of $3.408 billion. The FHLBank Office of Finance noted that the quarterly net income increase was primarily due to higher gains on derivatives and hedging activities. Moreover, higher gains on litigation settlements helped grow both the quarterly and yearly increase. Additionally, the yearly earnings growth was due to gains on trading securities, partially offset by lower gains on derivatives and hedging activities, said the OF.

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

New Govt. Documents Released, Talks of Treasury Sweep Plans

Several more documents were released in relation to an ongoing GSE shareholder case out to prove that the government knew Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were on the path to profitability at the time the Treasury sweep was put in place.The release came after a judge rejected the government’s appeal of an earlier ruling requiring it to turn over a slew of documents for which it had asserted various forms of privilege in Fairholme Funds vs. United States, et al. All of the latest documents are from 2012. They include a July 20, 2012, memo stating “thoughts on how to signal a plan to amend the preferred stock purchase agreements,” from Treasury...

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHLBank Members Under Annual Review for Community Support

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is reviewing individual members of the Federal Home Loan Banks to help gauge their level of support to the community as part of their membership requirement. This includes making sure those banks are lending to first-time homebuyers. Every two years the FHFA reviews FHLBank members and invites the public to comment on how they help support their communities. Nonprofit housing developers, along with community and advocacy groups, are asked to submit comments to the FHFA by March 31.In order to maintain access to long-term advances, the banks must meet the community support requirements and criteria established by the FHFA.This means that the FHFA will examine the...

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GAO Report Stresses Need for Reform, Leadership Commitment

A prolonged conservatorship coupled with a change in leadership at the Federal Housing Finance Agency could shift priorities for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said a potential priority change for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would only send mixed messages, creating uncertainties for market participants and hindering the development of the broader secondary mortgage market. In its 2017 biennial report released this month, the GAO discussed actions that need to be taken in order to resolve the federal role in housing finance. The need for leadership commitment by Congress and the administration to reform the system was one of the primary themes.

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Opposition to Fannie Single-Family Rental Finance Deal Grows

Skepticism over Fannie Mae’s foray into the single-family rental market has been growing and some lawmakers are voicing their concern. Since announcing the $1 billion deal with Invitation Homes in January, trade groups have expressed anger over Fannie’s pilot program with the Blackstone Group subsidiary, even as Freddie Mac may be next to test the SFR waters. On Feb. 17, 10 Democratic Congressmen sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt, asking him to reconsider the deal since it hasn’t been finalized yet. The pilot program is the first time that Fannie backed a large institutional investor. Invitation is the largest single-family rental operator in the U.S. and has a portfolio of about 50,000 homes that it acquires from foreclosures.

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Sen. Crapo Speaks on Potential GSE Reform, Analysts Weigh in

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, newly elected chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would likely happen in 2018, but he’s concerned about the divisiveness on Capitol Hill. During remarks at the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America meeting last week, the senator echoed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s comments and said that a housing reform bill would be a “high priority” and he doesn’t expect the administration to take unilateral action. Crapo said the atmosphere on Capitol Hill is more toxic than he’s ever seen, with constant pushback over President Trump’s election win. Analysts noted that this is the ultimate risk to housing finance reform, as bipartisan support is needed.

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Appeals Court Ruling Voids Treasury Sweep Claims

Despite a Feb. 21 ruling barring GSE shareholders from making illegal Treasury sweep claims, plaintiffs and speculators are keeping hope alive. In Perry Capital LLC vs. Treasury, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia put a stop to shareholders who have been arguing that the government is illegally confiscating GSE profits, citing language in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The Appeals Court notes: “We hold that the stockholders’ statutory claims are barred by the Recovery Act’s strict limitation on judicial review … We also reject most of the stockholders’ common-law claims. Insofar as we have subject matter jurisdiction over the stockholders’ common-law claims against...

February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Earnings Nearly $10B for the Fourth Quarter of 2016

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ended 2016 with a bang when fourth quarter combined earnings totaled stellar results, nearly $9.9 billion, representing the best quarter of the year. Fourth-quarter earnings were largely driven by high gains in the fair market value of the GSEs’ hedges, which gained $10.2 billion on a combined basis. “Interest rates went up in the fourth quarter, therefore you saw an unusually large gain in the accounting,” Freddie CEO Donald Layton told Inside The GSEs. Both GSEs had quarterly earnings increases throughout the year. Fannie reported $5.0 billion in the fourth quarter, up from the $3.2 billion in the third quarter, and Freddie more than...

February 24, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE Seller Buybacks Tumble to Record Low in 4Q16, More Unresolved Cases

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported record lows in the volume of mortgages that sellers repurchased during the fourth quarter of 2016 because of manufacturing defects, an exclusive new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis reveals. Mortgage seller repurchases or other indemnification to the two government-sponsored enterprises totaled $207.31 million in the final three months of 2016. That was down 37.0 percent from the previous quarter and ... [Includes two data charts]


With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.


Yes, by a lot.


Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.


No, not at all.


No and we may even tighten credit.