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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Exceed Risk-Sharing Goals

The GSEs began their risk-sharing initiatives in 2013 as a way to transfer risk from taxpayers to private investors while the Enterprises remain in conservatorship of the FHFA. Since then, the GSEs have transferred a substantial portion of the credit risk for mortgages totaling hundreds of billions of dollars in unpaid principal balance (UPB).

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Can Deal Agents Fix a Fading PLS Market?

One-mighty private-label securities‒‒mortgages without government involvement‒‒ have been a bit player since the financial collapse of 2008. And according to the Urban Institute, deal agents may just be the way to bring the sector back.

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Many Consumers Still Weighed Down by Mortgage Debt

In 2014, mortgage debt was the third-highest form of debt among consumers, with 28 percent holding some form of housing-related debt, the report showed. The highest percentage of consumers have mortgage debt in their late 30s through their early 60s. For borrowers with mortgages, debt balances averaged $160,000 in 2014, up from $150,000 in 2010.

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Current Levels of Agency MBS Liquidity Likely to Stay Put

Although agency mortgage-backed securities liquidity has declined recently, it remains mostly where it was prior to the housing bubble; the current levels of agency MBS liquidity are likely to be in place for a while, since the factors driving the decline are unlikely to slow down in the foreseeable future.

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Policymakers Should Consider SFR as Part of an Affordable Housing Strategy

In a report titled "Single-Family Rentals: A New Approach to Affordable Housing" by Center Creek Capital Founder Dan Magder and Urban Institute Director of Housing Finance Policy Laurie Goodman released Monday, the authors say SFR should be considered by policymakers as an integral part an affordable housing strategy because of volume, location, neighborhood impact, and affordability.

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