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September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Redwood Sourcing ‘Expanded Prime’ Jumbo Mortgages From Hundreds of Correspondents

Redwood Trust has seen strong demand from borrowers and correspondent lenders for its “expanded prime” program that the aggregator introduced last year. The real estate investment trust’s Choice products allow for somewhat looser underwriting than the super-prime mortgages that have dominated the jumbo market after the financial crisis. The Choice program was introduced in April 2016. Volume has increased relatively quickly and could top $1.0 billion this year. Officials say...


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

GSE Conservatorship Hits Nine Year Mark. It’s been nine years since the government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship on Sept. 6, 2008. No one knew it would last this long. Industry groups, along with some lawmakers, are working hard to put the wheels in motion to come up with a more sustainable solution for the mortgage giants. GSE shareholders group Investors Unite suggested, “If Fannie and Freddie could start retaining their profits and rebuild adequate reserves, the Trump administration could lock in reforms already in place and implement others, creating a federal role in housing finance that protects taxpayers.” GSE Hearing Postponed


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Justice Department Indicts Former Dallas FHLBank CEO for Fraud

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Texas indicted the former CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, along with two other former bank employees, for fraud. They were accused of creating fake travel reimbursement requests for lavish trips and embezzlement schemes that began back in 2008. Terrence Smith, at the helm of the bank from 2000 to 2013, and Nancy Parker, chief information officer around the same time, were charged with six counts of making false statements, according to the Department of Justice. And Michael Sims, chief financial officer from 2005 to 2014, was charged with three counts of making false statements.


August 25, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

New CIO for Freddie. Freddie Mac named Stacey Goodman as executive vice president and chief information officer. She will begin on Sept. 25 and brings more than 25 years of technology experience in the financial services industry. In her role, Goodman will lead the Information Technology division and provide corporate-wide leadership for all the company's technology activities. Previously Goodman was executive vice president, chief information and operations officer at CIT. Prior to that she held several roles at Bank of America, last serving as managing director and divisional CIO of global technology & operations. Goodman will be a member of the senior operating committee and will report directly to CEO Donald Layton.


August 18, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Starwood to Acquire Non-QMs with FHLBank Help

Officials at Starwood Property Trust announced last week that the company will acquire non-qualified mortgages with funding provided by new membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system. Starwood is a real estate investment trust that has traditionally focused on commercial mortgages. Starwood said it gained membership in the FHLBank of Chicago shortly after the end of the second quarter of 2017. Jeffrey DiModica, president of Starwood, said the REIT will ...


August 17, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Reps Use Congressional Recess to Gear Up For Second-Half Push of Mortgage Legislation

Members of Congress have left Washington, DC, for their summer recess, and mortgage industry representatives are using the time to plan strategy and educate lawmakers on key issues to help propel a number of measures across the finish line before the year ends. The most time-sensitive issues are reauthorizing the national flood insurance program and setting budgets for FHA and Ginnie Mae activity in fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1, 2017. Lawmakers will be looking to deal with these in September. Authority for the National Flood Insurance Program expires...


August 11, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHLBank Income up 6 Percent, Advances Steady in 2Q17

The Federal Home Loan Bank System saw a 7 percent increase in advances during the second quarter of 2017. The FHLBank’s Office of Finance reported that advances stood at 706.8 billion, at the end of June, up from $660.7 billion reported in the previous quarter. The combined net income for the second quarter was $844 million, up from $812 million the previous quarter. The OF attributes the upswing to an increase in net interest income, partially offset by lower gains on litigation settlements. For the first half of the year net income was $1.66 billion representing a 2.2 percent increase from a year...


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