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Freddie Mac Prices Second STACR Risk-Sharing Deal

Freddie Mac has priced a $630 million offering of Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) debt notes, marking the second STACR offering in which private sources--not taxpayers--take on the credit risk. According to a statement from the GSE, about 50 broadly-diversified investors participated in the offering for the debt notes, which are scheduled to settle November 12.

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Half of Consumers Fear Another Housing Bubble Is Forming

While many indicators suggest the housing market is recovering, some fear another bubble is already forming. A survey by Country Financial, a financial services firm in Illinois, found that some 48 percent of Americans believe the market could reach ""bubble"" status within the next two years. Bubble or no bubble, many Americans continue to suffer financial burdens that impede them from homeownership.

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Unemployment, High Rates Still Obstacles for Many Facing Foreclosure

The National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program has provided counseling to almost 1.6 million homeowners across the country since the program started in 2008. According to an NFMC congressional report released this week, common attributes of struggling homeowners include unemployment or underemployment and high mortgage rates. The report also indicates a homeowner who seeks counseling is 97 percent more likely to obtain a loan modification and avoid foreclosure.

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FHA to Take First Ever Bailout

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will be accepting a bailout of more than $1 billion to make up for losses sustained from the agency's legacy books and its reverse mortgage program. Following reports last week that FHA's financial situation would require a Treasury draw in the neighborhood of the Obama administration's $943 million forecast, Commissioner Carol Galante revealed in a letter to the Senate Banking Committee that the agency is taking an appropriation of approximately $1.7 billion.

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Freddie Mac Reaches Repurchase Settlement with Citigroup

Citigroup and Freddie Mac have reached an agreement to settle potential future repurchase claims on millions of loans sold to the GSE in the last decade. According to a release from Citi, the bank will pay Freddie Mac $395 million, all of which is covered by its existing mortgage repurchase reserves as of the end of Q2.

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Study Finds 8.3M Homeowners on Verge of Positive Equity

Home prices have rebounded so rapidly that industry data show 8.3 million borrowers who've been underwater are on track to have enough equity to sell their home within the next 15 months--without resorting to a short sale. Metro markets that boast the highest percentage of homes with resurfacing equity include Omaha; Colorado Springs; Tulsa; Little Rock; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Equifax Solution Looks at Past Credit Behavior to Predict Future Default

Equifax announced the availability of Equifax Dimensions, a new product created to deliver a more in-depth picture of past credit behavior to predict future trends. Users of the new solution can see up to two years' worth of detailed consumer credit activity, allowing them to identify consumer patterns such as a borrower's financial ""breaking point"" that will lead to default and which consumers are most likely to open new accounts.

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Household, Mortgage Debt Decrease in Q2

Mortgage debt decreased with overall household debt in the second quarter, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Wednesday. Mortgage balances stood at $7.84 trillion in the second quarter, down by $91 billion from the first quarter. The New York Fed report explained the decrease was partly ""due to reporting gaps associated with the servicing transfer of a higher-than-usual number of loans."" Overall consumer debt continued to fall, ending at $11.15 trillion in the second quarter, down by $78 billion, or 0.7 percent, compared to the first quarter.

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Obama Answers Housing Questions from Public During Live Discussion

During the question and answer session hosted by Zillow, President Obama reiterated his stated goals to bring a gradual end to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to bring private capital into the housing market, and to offer affordable housing options--both rental options and 30-year mortgages. ""We're actually confident that the private market can step in, do a good job, and the government can be a backstop,"" Obama said, adding, ""In some ways it's a return to earlier models.""

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Industry Questions Legality of California City’s Eminent Domain Plan

After the city of Richmond, California, announced an unconventional plan to ward off foreclosures among underwater homeowners, several industry groups have called into question the constitutionality of the plan. The plan, which ""is fraught with negative economic consequences for the community,"" according to the ""Association of Mortgage Investors (AMI), is for the city to obtain the mortgage loans of underwater properties and help homeowners refinance at their homes' current value.

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