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Large Lenders Expect Credit Standards to Ease During Next Quarter

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Large lenders' expectations that underwriting standards will ease over the next three months coincide with overall lenders' expected pullback in the demand for single-family purchase mortgages, according to results from Fannie Mae's third-quarter Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. The share of lenders who expect purchase mortgage demand to go up over the next three months decreased significantly—between 26 to 33 percentage points depending on loan type—with the largest decline of 33 percentage points on GSE-eligible loans.Click to continue

Mortgage Marketing: How You Can Shine

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The news is out ... the first four months of 2014 have shown that the demand for home loans has plummeted, mortgage rates are increasing, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are being overhauled, and Wells Fargo cut 700 mortgage jobs. In the midst of all this gloom, there is a way to for you to shine…Click to continue

Tales From the Closing Table

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The mortgage closing transaction is the single largest financial transaction in the lives of most consumers, and it is also the riskiest stage of the mortgage process for lenders. While the vast majority of lawyers and notaries and title agents are experienced, ethical and diligent professionals, for a few the role of closing agent is too tempting a lure for selfish criminal intent. This monthly column addresses the good, the bad and the ugly …Click to continue

Surge of Past Short Sellers Spotlights New Problems for Sellers With Deficiencies

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Many are aware of the foreclosure code placed on past short seller credit. As past short sellers surge back into the housing market, new problems come to light. Short sellers who paid on a deficiency after the short sale closed are getting denied by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a conventional mortgage for three reasons:

1. The short sale credit is coded as a foreclosure, the same problem that almost all short sales are experiencing.Click to continue

FHFA Sets Goals For GSE's Next Few Years

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed a rule that would establish housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) for 2015 through 2017. FHFA is requesting comment on all aspects of the proposed rule. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires FHFA to establish annual housing goals for both Enterprises, and FHFA’s current housing goals rule is effective through the end of 2014.Click to continue

FHFA Reaches $3.15 Billion MBS Settlement With Goldman Sachs

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has announced it has reached a settlement with Goldman Sachs, related companies and certain named individuals. The settlement addresses claims alleging violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities (PLS) purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 2005 and 2007.Click to continue

GSEs Complete Nearly 3.2 Million Foreclosure Prevention Actions Through Q1

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed nearly 3.2 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of the conservatorships in 2008, with approximately 88,800 actions occurring in the first quarter. These measures have helped more than 2.6 million borrowers stay in their homes, including 1.6 million who received permanent loan modifications.Click to continue

The Viability of GSE Recapitalization

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During a recent National Housing Conference Annual Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C., Treasury Undersecretary Mary Miller discussed the uncertain future of the government-sponsored entities (GSEs). She also covered the basics of the post-economic disaster and its meager, slow-moving recovery.Click to continue