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A Closer Look: Why the Housing Market Needs Securitization

The FHFA, as the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is beginning to build a platform that handles much of the securitization functions they provide. What are the benefits to this and how will it affect talk of reform in the housing market?

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Sliding Into an Economic Slowdown

Fannie Mae experts are predicting a sluggish second half to 2017, see what factors they point to as the cause.

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OCC: Servicer Report Card

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released its first quarterly Mortgage Metric Report for 2017, detailing servicing data for seven major national banks. See how they fared compared to last quarter.

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Finishing Strong

The FHFA recently settled the 17th of the 18 lawsuits it has filed on behalf of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Read on to see the sum each Enterprise is going to receive.

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Post Crisis: How Do Banks Continue Servicing Home Loans?

After the 2008 crisis, the federal government imposed new rules on home loans and how to service those loans as a reaction to the abuses that were taking place. How do these rules help prevent a new crisis and how did banks restructure in order to embody them?

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The Siege on Communities: NMSA Calls for Action

The National Mortgage Servicing Association has issued a report calling for standardization of procedures, definitions, and best practices surrounding vacant and abandoned residential properties. Many of these properties are forced to go through lengthy foreclosure processes, resulting in extensive vacant periods during which, according to the report, attract crime, lower property values, and cause community blight. The NMSA hopes the report will spur interagency discussion of the issues these properties create.

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Big Changes Could Soon Be Coming to The Enterprises

Two Senators are drafting legislation that could potentially break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to Bloomberg, in an effort to increase competitiveness in the secondary mortgage market? How do they plan on doing this, and what repercussions might legislation such as this have on the mortgage finance industry?

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