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Proceed With Caution: Existing Home Sales and Economic Growth

Monday, Fannie Mae reported that they expect a rebound in economic growth and consumer spending will resume its position as the biggest contributor. With labor and inventory shortages still prevalent, the housing market hasn’t changed very much and home prices are still on the rise. Based on their research, Fannie expects mortgage rates to remain supportive, but the outlook on existing home sales remains cautious.

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FHFA Drops Optimistic 2016 Report to Congress

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released recently its exhaustive annual 2016 Report to Congress, where it highlights actions it has taken over the year to support and maintain the nation’s housing industry. The 120 page report covers, amongst others: a report of the annual examination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (The Enterprises), reports of annual examinations of the Federal Home Loan Banks, the results of stress tests under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act. You can find some of the report’s highlights here.

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Mortgage Surveys Say It’s Time to Get a Mortgage

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Good news for buyers: it’s a great time to get a mortgage. Today’s 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 2 percentage points lower than the average over the last 25 years. According to a weekly national survey, 30-year fixed mortgages rates remain at the lowest level in seven months.

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Fannie Mae Nets Nearly $3 Billion in Reperforming Loan Sale

Fannie Mae announced on Tuesday that they have sold 13,500 loans with a cumulative unpaid principle balance of $2.99 billion in their third reperforming loan sale. Loans were divided into three pools, and sold to a single bidder: DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc. Fannie Mae expects to close on the bid of this sale July 21.

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GSEs: Where Should the Money Go?

For four months, the Department of the Treasury, GSEs, and Federal Housing Finance Agency have been in disagreement with Fannie and Freddie investors on where profits should be directed. Though the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that actions taken under the FHFA’s conservatorship of the GSEs cannot be challenged in court, the shareholders are now taking matters to the full D.C. Circuit for a rehearing. The FHFA and Treasury are now urging the D.C. Circuit not to modify its original ruling.

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Poor Job Numbers Increase Odds of Rate Hike

The Department of Labor released its May 2017 Employment Situation Friday reporting changes in household and establishment survey data. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased, however unemployment rates were fairly stagnant. Experts predict this discouraging report could mean rate hikes in 2017’s future.

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FHFA Sells Over 72,000 NPLs at a Gain of $14.2 Billion

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Thursday released its third Enterprise Non-Performing Loan Sales Report, which lists all the sales of all non-performing loans from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the private sector through December 31, 2016. The report tracks total loan sales, total number delinquent assents unloaded, and time of delinquency. It also strives to track borrower outcomes and measure how many properties were foreclosed on, how many avoided foreclosure, and the difference between homes that were sold to third parties and benchmark NPLs.

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Credit Risk Transfers: Hot Topic of 2017

Semper Capital, a independent investment management firm, believes that the Credit Risk Transfer market continues to be a compelling investment vehicle. Following the mortgage crisis, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has mandated a number of changes affecting the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), reducing the risk of losses that the GSEs may pose to taxpayers. Semper believes that the CRT market remains well supported and the collateral and structural benefits are high.

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FHFA: Solving Complications in Mortgage English Proficiency

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a Request for Input (RFI) Thursday for problems qualified Limited English Proficiency (LEP) borrowers face during the mortgage lifecycle. Per FHFA’s 2017 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions, the GSEs must identify major challenges for LEP borrowers in accessing mortgage credit, analyzing potential solutions, and developing a multiyear plan appropriate for the Enterprises to support improved access. By better understanding the experience of LEP borrowers and those that serve them, the FHFA can successfully expand their statutory mandate.

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International Document Services Receives Certification from GSEs

After undergoing an extensive testing process, a mortgage document preparation vendor announced its Uniform Closing Dataset XML file has been certified by the GSEs. This new way of submitting documents will be required by Fannie and Freddie starting in the fall for all lenders selling to them. The company trusts this will bring consistency, transparency and clarity to the mortgage industry.

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