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August 11, 2017

FHFA Director Watt Tells NAR Not a Fan of ‘Recap and Release’

Although Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt is concerned about the GSE capital buffer falling to zero early next year, it appears he’s unlikely to take administrative action anytime soon to fix the situation. At least that’s the message conveyed in a new letter Watt penned to National Association of Realtors President William Brown. According to the Aug. 9 letter, Watt notes he’s “very concerned” about the issue because it “increases the probability of a draw which could cause an adverse market reaction.” The regulator adds: “However, I am sensitive to the prospect that whatever steps FHFA could take might be misperceived as either an effort...

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With mortgage production down noticeably this year from 2017, how many lenders might disappear via M&A or failure during the next 12 months?

10% or less. It’s not that bad out there.
11% to 25%. It’s a challenging market.
25% to 40%. It’s going to be very ugly.
No opinion.

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