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Fixed Mortgage Rates Sink to Lowest Level of 2014

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A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.58 percent—its peak in 2013. The average interest rate for a 15-year FRM this week was 3.23 percent (0.6 point), down from 3.24 percent a week ago. Adjustable rates were mixed for the week. According to Freddie Mac, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.95 percent (0.5 point) in the latest survey, down slightly from last week, while the 1-year ARM edged up to 2.38 percent (0.5 point).

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Investors Sue Federal Government Over GSE Profits

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New York-based hedge fund giant Pershing Square Capital Management sued the U.S. government on August 14, alleging that common stockholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been short changed since the government began sweeping profits from the GSEs into the U.S. Department of Treasury starting in 2012.

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Economy Moving Closer to Normal

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After half a year of failed predictions and slow starts, the U.S. economy actually appears to be closing in on normal, at least according to Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac's latest Economic and Housing Market Outlook shows that the agency expects to see the U.S. housing market driven once again by fundamentals—jobs, household formations, and affordability—rather than economic upheaval.

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GSE Reform Not Expected In the Near Term

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The Kroll Bond Rating Agency recently released a study saying it does not believe there will not be any GSE reform for the housing finance market until at least 2016 and that lenders and investors should operate as if they do not expect such reform to happen for many years.

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Housing Market Slips Slightly

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The national housing market moved slightly farther away from stability in May as applications for home purchase mortgages remained subdued. Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) for the month slipped to a value of -2.64 in May, indicating a slightly weaker market than in April, when the index measured -2.59.

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