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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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Freddie Mac’s Net Income Skyrockets; GSE to Pay Nearly $4 Billion to Treasury

Also for Q2, Freddie Mac reported $3.9 billion in comprehensive income, a five-fold increase from Q1's total of $746 million. With the inclusion of September 2015's Dividend Obligation of $3.9 billion, Freddie Mac will have returned $96.5 billion to taxpayers. Dividend payments do not include the $71.3 billion bailout Freddie Mac received from Treasury in 2008.

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Treasury Clarifies HAMP Participation Numbers Reported by SIGTARP

As a result of the improvements Treasury has made to HAMP over the years, the number of denied HAMP applications has been steadily declining each year since 2012. That year, the number of denied applicants reached 998,000. In 2013, that number decreased by almost 50 percent down to 523,000. In 2014, the number dropped to 334,000, and for the first four months of 2015, the number was 100,000.

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Housing Advocates Ask Regulators to Investigate Possible Pro-Foreclosure Campaigns

The letter, dated April 15, is addressed to Department of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray. Ten housing groups signed the letter, which asks the regulators to investigate the investors for allegedly attempting to push borrowers into foreclosure instead of steering them toward loss mitigation plans.

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Lambert Announces Departure from Treasury’s Making Home Affordable Program

Lambert was instrumental in starting Treasury's Making Home Affordable Program (MHA) in 2009, which the government began in response to the devastating financial crisis of 2008 and to help families avoid foreclosure. She has continued to promote the program for the last six years, during which time MHA has helped more than one and a half million families.

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