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Freddie Mac Announces Organizational Changes

Freddie Mac announced new leadership this week for its three lines of business, including its new single-family and operations and technology unit. The new division consolidates previously separated single-family business lines as well as the technology unit. Anthony Renzi has been named EVP to head up the new division. In addition, David Brickman was named SVP in charge of the multifamily division, Carol Wambeke was promoted to SVP and chief compliance officer, and Devajyoti Ghose will assume the roles of SVP of the investments and capital markets division and company treasurer.

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Commercial Mortgage Delinquencies Mixed with CMBS Faring Worst

Delinquency rates among different groups of commercial and multifamily mortgage investors were mixed in the first quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports. Delinquency loans held in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) reached their highest level since 1997, but MBA says the climb was slower than in recent quarters. On the other hand, delinquency rates for other investors, including Fannie and Freddie, remain below levels seen in the last major real estate downturn - some by large margins.

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GSEs’ Foreclosure Prevention Efforts Slip in First Quarter

Foreclosure prevention actions on loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac declined during the first three months of this year, driven primarily by loan modifications. Permanent loan mods dropped for the third consecutive quarter to 86,201. Short sales were essentially flat at 25,705. According to the GSEs' regulator, even with the drop-off in loss mitigation actions the two companies' delinquency rates ""remain below industry levels."" In the first quarter, foreclosure starts declined while completed foreclosures increased.

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Fannie Mae Issues New Servicing Standards for Delinquent Mortgages

Fannie Mae laid out new standards for mortgage servicers Monday related to the management of delinquent loans. The move is part of the Servicing Alignment Initiative announced by the company's regulator in late April to bring both Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's procedures for handling past-due mortgages in line with one another. The new rules are intended to address identified servicing issues such as the commencement of foreclosure actions while loss mitigation talks are ongoing and breakdowns in borrower communication.

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Fannie and Freddie to Need $42B More in Taxpayer Subsidies: CBO

Provided they live on in their current form, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will need another $42 billion from taxpayers over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The agency says subsidies related to the GSEs' new business have fallen but they'll continue to need funding as long as their mortgage guarantees are priced below private institutions. CBO says the government faces two choices: either retain the GSEs' portfolios until the mortgages are paid off, or pay a private entity to assume the guarantee obligations.

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Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Slide for Seventh Straight Week

The cost of borrowing for a fixed-rate home loan has slipped to its lowest level of the year yet again. Fixed mortgage rates dropped this week amid weak economic and housing reports, marking the seventh consecutive week they've headed lower. Market data released Thursday by Freddie Mac puts the 30-year fixed-rate at 4.55 percent and the 15-year at 3.74 percent.

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Foreclosure Starts and Sales Post Sharp Declines in April: Report

Both new foreclosure actions and completed foreclosure sales took a dive in April after rising sharply the month before, according to industry data released Wednesday. Foreclosure starts nationwide totaled approximately 163,000 in April, while foreclosure sales dropped to 73,000, reports the industry alliance HOPE NOW. At the same time, though, proprietary loan modifications also declined. HOPE NOW says the performance of these loan mods has remained ""steady,"" with a re-default rate of 20 percent.

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Freddie Mac Extends Mortgage Relief to Midwestern Storm Victims

Freddie Mac borrowers whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent storms in the Midwest can now take advantage of the GSE's full menu of relief policies. Homeowners residing in counties declared major disaster areas by President Obama are eligible for assistance. Freddie Mac's disaster relief policies allow servicers the discretion to reduce or suspend mortgage payments for up to 12 months.

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Seriously Delinquent Home Mortgages Continue to Drop for the GSEs

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have both reported another drop in the share of single-family home mortgages they hold that are 90 or more days delinquent. Fannie's serious delinquency rate declined 17 basis points to 4.27 percent. Freddie's fell 6 basis points to 3.57 percent. Except for one blip of an increase last September for Freddie, the GSEs have seen their serious delinquencies fall for 12 months. The servicing alignment initiative announced by the two companies is expected to speed the resolution process for past-due loans.

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Fannie and Freddie May Sell Modified Loans

Modified mortgages held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could go up for sale at some point, according to the companies' regulator. Since the GSEs were seized by the government, they have completed modifications on 849,000 mortgages. The sale of these assets is one option being discussed as part of a strategy to shrink their portfolios. The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency told lawmakers that they are looking at a range of possible structures for disposing of certain assets, which could include non-performing and modified loans.

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