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FHFA Introduces Initiative to Protect Against Fraud

As an additional measure against fraud, the FHFA announced an initiative requiring Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan (FHL) Banks to notify the agency when an act of fraud is committed by an individual or company the regulated entities conduct business with. The initiative is called the Suspended Counterparty Program and will take effect August 15, 2012. The FHFA stated it is taking this additional step to ensure the regulated companies are not exposed to unnecessary risk from business dealings involving those who have a history of fraudulent conduct.

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FHFA: Foreclosure Prevention Actions=2.3M, Foreclosure Starts Up

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed nearly 2.3 million foreclosure prevention actions by from the start of their conservatorship to the end of March 2012, according to FHFA'ss Foreclosure Prevention Report for first-quarter 2012. The report, released Friday, showed that over 1.9 million of the foreclosure prevention actions undertaken by the GSEs have helped borrowers keep their homes. Moreover, half of borrowers who received loan modifications in Q1 2012 had their monthly payments reduced by more than 30 percent, with one third of those including principal forbearance.

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Freddie Mac: Fixed Rates Bounce Up from Record Lows

Following an earlier survey from Zillow showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) had again hit a new low, Freddie Mac released on Thursday the results of its Primary Market Mortgage Survey (PMMS), which showed an increase in fixed mortgage rates after a month of a half of record lows. The PMMS found that the 30-year fixed for the week ending June 14 averaged 3.71 percent (0.7 point), an increase from 3.67 percent the previous week. This increase ended a six-week streak of falling rates. At the same time last year, the 30-year fixed rate averaged 4.50 percent.

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SIFMA Encourages Alignment of GSE Operations

In a letter filed Wednesday to FHFA, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) expressed its view that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should seek to align their operations as much as possible. The alignment would help set the stage and ease transition into the future for the GSEs, SIFMA suggests. SIFMA also submitted a list of steps and goals of FHFA's Strategic Plan to coordinate the GSEs and says they will require communication, careful planning, and a focus on the Enterprises' core activities from the industry at every stage.

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GSEs Will Continue Reporting Credit Losses: FHFA

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have and will continue to realize credit losses due to mortgages originated years before the conservatorship when the GSEs were deemed critical supervisory concerns, FHFA stated in its annual Report to Congress. In 2011, Fannie and Freddie borrowed $33.6 billion from Treasury, an increase from the year before when $28 billion was drawn. Of the $33.6 billion, $16.1 billion was used to fund dividend payments back to Treasury. The losses leading to the $17.5 billion drawn from Treasury were due to business decisions made by the GSEs in the pre-conservatorship days. Overall, the GSEs have drawn $187.5 billion from Treasury as of the end of 2011.

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Fixed Rates Reach Record-Low Averages for 6th Consecutive Week

As the employment situation continues to raise concerns, fixed rates fell even lower, slipping yet again to new record-lows, according to a survey from Freddie Mac released Thursday. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.67 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending June 7, falling from last week's average of 3.75 percent. The 15-year fixed rate declined even further below 3 percent to 2.94 percent (0.7 point), down from last week's 2.97 percent.

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NTC Asks Congress Not to Raise Guarantee Fees for Student Loan Relief

Congress has already approved of raising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees to support non-housing related initiatives once before. Now, lawmakers are contemplating the use of GSE guarantee fees to fund student loan relief. In response to this, officials from Nationwide Title Clearing sent a release asking Congress not to raid the real estate piggy bank, stating an increase will lead to higher interest rates.

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Trade Group Releases White Paper on Future Role of GSEs

The Community Mortgage Lenders of America (CMLA) released a white paper outlining its policy suggestions for the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Shrinking the GSEs role in the secondary market to 30-35 percent and preventing them from securitizing or investing into risky mortgages were among the ideas the trade group endorses. Still, the CMLA said it wants to see the GSEs remain intact due to uncertainty in the markets and to ensure further destabilization does not occur.

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Delinquency Rates Drop for Banks, Rise for CMBS in First Quarter

Tuesday's report showed that during the first quarter of 2012, the 60+ day delinquency rate for commercial and multifamily mortgages held in life insurance company portfolios decreased 0.03 percentage points to 0.14 percent. The 60+ day rate for multifamily loans held or insured by Fannie Mae also decreased, falling 0.22 percentage points to 0.37 percent. The 90+ day delinquency rate for loans held by FDIC-insured banks and thrifts dropped 0.13 percentage points to 3.44 percent.

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Freddie Mac Announces Lower Modification Interest Rate

Freddie Mac announced Friday that starting July 1, the GSE's Standard Modification interest rate will come down from 5 percent to 4.625 percent. The Standard Modification is for borrowers who do not qualify for the government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The modification makes payments more affordable by lowering a borrower's principal and interest payments by at least 10 percent. The modification includes a trial period as does HAMP to ensure borrowers can maintain modified mortgage payments.

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