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Fannie Mae’s Gross Mortgage Portfolio Experiences Rare Monthly Expansion

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Fannie Mae's Book of Business decreased in January, but the GSE's gross mortgage portfolio experienced a rare expansion, according to Fannie Mae's January 2015 Monthly Volume Summary released Friday. After dropping by almost $11 billion from November to December and declining in 53 of the last 54 months, Fannie Mae's gross mortgage portfolio expanded in January at a compound annualized rate of 3.5 percent, from $413.3 billion up to $414.4 billion. It was the first time the portfolio expanded from month to month since December 2012 and only the second time since June 2010.

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Delinquency Rates Falling on Fannie Mae-Backed Mortgage Loans

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The delinquency rate on residential mortgage loans backed by Fannie Mae declined across the board in 2014 due to a number of reasons that include foreclosure alternatives, home retention solutions, completed foreclosures, improved loan payment performance, and acquisitions of loans with stronger credit profiles, according to Fannie Mae's recently released annual report.

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Fannie Mae Reports Reduced Income for Q4, Full Year 2014

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Based on its net worth—about $3.7 billion—Fannie Mae said it will pay $1.9 billion in dividends to Treasury, per the terms of the GSEs' amended bailout agreement. As of March, the company will have paid a total of $136.4 billion to taxpayers on the $116.1 billion it drew as a result of the financial meltdown.

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Economic Momentum Drives Consumers’ Optimism Toward Housing Market

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The share of respondents in Fannie Mae's survey who said their household income is "significantly higher" than it was a year ago climbed 4 percentage points to a survey high of 29 percent, the company reported. Looking ahead, 48 percent said they expect their finances to improve in the next year, also a survey high. Overall, 44 percent of Americans said they believe the economy is on the right track, an increase of 3 percentage points and only a few points less than those saying the economy is headed the wrong way (49 percent). That optimism spurred 66 percent of those surveyed to say they would buy a home if they had to move, a jump from 61 percent at the end of 2014.

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Investor Says His Company Has Made ‘Considerable Progress’ In GSE Funds Lawsuit

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One week after a U.S. Federal Court of Claims Judge ruled that his company's lawsuit against the government over its use of GSE profits could continue, Fairholme Funds CEO Bruce Berkowitz addressed investors on a conference call Tuesday morning, telling them that his company, one of the GSEs biggest investors, has made "considerable progress" in its lawsuit against the government.

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FHFA Proposes Minimum Financial Requirements for GSE Servicers, Sellers

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Friday proposed new minimum financial requirements for mortgage sellers and servicers to do business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The proposed requirements include minimums for net worth, capital ratio, and liquidity criteria that must be met by servicers and sellers to do business with the GSEs.

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Fannie Mae Expects Economy to ‘Drag’ Housing Toward Recovery in 2015

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While that prediction is still modest, Fannie Mae says it's strong enough to "drag last year's unspectacular housing activity upward," according to the report. Fannie Mae credits projections for continued low gasoline prices, firming labor market conditions, rising household net worth, improving consumer and business confidence, and reduced fiscal headwinds to usher in a year of steady, if "not yet robust" economic improvement that should lead to a higher rate of household formation in 2015.

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