Advanced Search

Volume 17 - Number 12

June 16, 2017

Treasury Suggests Eliminating GSE Patch, Fannie to Raise DTI

The Treasury Department said the so-called GSE patch gives Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac an unfair advantage in the mortgage market, and it recommended eliminating this exception to the qualified-mortgage rule. In a financial regulations report released this week, the Treasury detailed a host of executive actions and regulatory changes that it believes can immediately stimulate economic growth, increase capital access and protect taxpayers. Adjusting and clarifying the ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rule and phasing out the GSE patch are among those changes listed. The GSE patch, created under Dodd-Frank, allows GSE eligible loans to qualify for QM status, even if the DTI exceeds the standard 43 percent ratio.

Subscribers to Inside The GSEs have full access to all its stories and data online. Visitors may become subscribers for full access or may purchase individual articles and data.

Subscriber Log In

If you are a current subscriber or already purchased this article, please login below.

Forgot your password?

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website?


This biweekly covers the housing-related government-sponsored enterprises with experienced, expert analysis.



You can purchase this article for $55.00 without subscribing and always have access to it on

Pay Per View

Please contact Customer Service if you need assistance: 1-800-570-5744


With loan volumes declining, does your shop have plans to enter the non-QM lending market in 2019?

Yes, definitely. A solid move forward.


Yes, but only incrementally.


We’re pondering a move into non-QM, but haven’t made up our mind.


No, definitely not. We view it has too risky.