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Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

FHFA: G-Fees Increase an Average of 51 BP in 2013


The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released its sixth annual report on the single-family guarantee fees (g-fees) charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Click to continue

Elizabeth Warren Takes Jabs at Obama, the Fed and the FHFA


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has taken new aim at the Obama Administration, Federal Reserve and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) with the public charges that they are not doing enough to help the public struggling in the still-weak economy.Click to continue

Existing-Home Sales Expected to Rise in 2015

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Existing-home sales are expected to be higher in 2015 and prices will remain at a healthier level of growth that benefits both buyers and sellers, according to an economic forecast at a residential forum during the 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), was joined by Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), who discussed issues preventing consumers from becoming homeowners, and Julian Castro, Secretary of the Click to continue

Survey Finds Industry Rejects Watt's Call on Lower Credit Scores


Mortgage and housing industry professionals have a response for Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Chairman Mel Watt’s call to lower credit scores for potential borrowers: “It ain’t gonna happen, Mel!”Click to continue

FHFA: Interest Rates Slip in September


The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders index was 4.06 percent for loans closed in late September, down two basis points from 4.08 percent in August. The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.07 percent, down 2 basis points from 4.09 in August.Click to continue

FHFA's August House Price Index Up 0.5 Percent in August

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U.S. house prices rose in August, up 0.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.1 percent increase in July was revised to reflect a 0.2 percent increase.Click to continue

FHFA Single Security Proposal Could Save Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions Annually


In a letter sent to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Financial Services Roundtable’s (FSR) Housing Policy Council (HPC) voiced its support for the agency’s proposal to create a single security to be issued and guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Click to continue

Janell Byrd-Chichester Named Chief of Staff for the FHFA


Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt has announced the appointment of Janell Byrd-Chichester as Chief of Staff for the FHFA. Byrd-Chichester most recently served as partner in the law firm Click to continue