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Volume 14 - Number 12

June 13, 2014

Downloads Available: Credit & LTV Breakdown 1Q14

FHFA Seeks Public Input on Proposed GSE Guaranty Fee Hikes

After months of anticipation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week issued an official call for public comment, particularly from the mortgage industry, on how Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s conservator should calculate both guaranty fees and loan-level price adjustments. The FHFA’s “request for input” specifically seeks guidance regarding the optimum level of g-fees and their implications for mortgage credit availability, but the agency does not provide any specific proposals as some had expected. One of the first things that FHFA Director Mel Watt did when he assumed office in January was delay implementation of a planned GSE g-fee increase set into motion by his predecessor, Acting Director Edward DeMarco.

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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.


No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.


Maybe. It’s under consideration.


Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.