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Volume 18 - Number 2

January 19, 2018

FHFA Director Joins the GSE Reform Conversation, Seeks Explicit Guarantee

After years of being mum on what he thinks a reformed secondary mortgage market should look like, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt revealed FHFA’s goals for a post-conservatorship housing-finance system. Prompted by what Watt called “the growing perception that reform could be achievable this year,” he wrote to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Jan. 16 outlining FHFA’s views on reform, which include an explicit government guarantee for mortgage-backed securities comprised of conventional home loans. According to the document, a copy of which was provided to Inside The GSEs, Watt and his staff reiterated that an ongoing conservatorship is not sustainable.

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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.

17%

11% to 25%. It’s a challenging market.

48%

25% to 40%. It’s going to be very ugly.

24%

No opinion.

11%