Fannie Mae: Don't expect 2015 to be a breakout year for housing

Stop panicking about recent foreclosure numbers

The sky is not falling

Sen. Warren accuses FHFA’s Watt: “You haven’t helped a single family”

Senator charges FHFA with dereliction on principal reduction
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GSEs officially update representation and warranty policies

Analysts say impact of long-awaited changes may be minimal
Ben Lane
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both announced changes to their respective representation and warranty policies, following through on an announcement made by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo in October.
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Goldman bankers fired after leaking confidential Fed info

Banker formerly worked for Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Brena Swanson
Goldman Sachs fired two bankers due to one of them allegedly sharing confidential documents from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York within the firm.
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[CHART] FHFA: G-fees more than double in 4 years

Chronological changes in g-fees
Brena Swanson
The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s sixth annual report on the single-family guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac included data from 2009 to 2013, showing just how intensely g-fees have increased in four years.
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Hensarling picks chairs for housing and business subcommittees

Leutkemeyer to head housing, Neugebauer to helm financial
Trey Garrison
Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, announced his selection of subcommittee chairmen for the next Congress.
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MBA announces 31 new members

Membership increases to more than 2,200
Ben Lane
"These new members vary greatly in their size and focus, whether it be residential or commercial/multifamily," said David Stevens, MBA’s president and CEO. "However, they illustrate MBA’s greatest strength: our ability to come to any table or address any situation knowing we represent the entire mortgage-lending spectrum."
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Did FHFA’s Watt open the door to ending Fannie, Freddie conservatorship?

Civil rights groups join calls to bring GSEs out from nest
Trey Garrison
When Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt spoke before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday he opened the door to the possibility of ending the GSE conservatorship.
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Low interest rates drive refinances to six-month high

Interest rates fall again
Ben Lane
"Low rates are creating opportunities for homeowners to either lower their payments or capitalize on their homes’ equity," said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae.
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Fannie Mae: Don't expect 2015 to be a breakout year for housing

New year will likely mirror 2014
Brena Swanson
“The housing market continues to grind its way upward, but we don’t expect a breakout performance in 2015 as the fundamentals remain somewhat muted,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan.
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What the end of QE means for the future of the MBS market

MBA details the challenges of increasing private capital
Trey Garrison
A new white paper from the Mortgage Bankers Association looks at what the future holds for the real estate finance industry secondary market now that the Federal Reserve has put a full stop on its quantitative easing program, wherein it pumped trillions of dollars into mortgage backed securities.
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Initial jobless claims fall 2K to 291,000 for week

Four-week rolling average up 1.75K
Trey Garrison
The four-week moving average was 2,369,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since Jan. 13, 2001 when it was 2,360,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,750 from 2,372,500 to 2,375,250.
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