Articles by Jacob Gaffney

Guess who just joined the HousingWire free Appraisal webinar?

Hint: He works with the largest mortgage finance entity in the nation
HousingWire is hosting a free webinar next week on the state of the appraisal industry in 2017. We are already getting flooded with questions and, lucky for all of us, Zach Dawson, the director of collateral strategy at Fannie Mae, will join us. Here's how to sign up!
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Fannie Mae CEO: G-fee pricing is in the "right zone"

No one is complaining about the free stuff, either
One of the larger shifts this quarter, although profits remain flat, is earnings from guarantee-fees now outpace portfolio investments. In other words, Fannie Mae is now making more money off of business it is doing rather than business it once did.
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Freddie Mac CEO: 4 ways to turn around the supertanker

This is how to manage $2 trillion in assets
One thing that gets little coverage is how effective Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton managed his team, which runs $2 trillion in assets. So, it seemed appropriate to find out his formula for retaining top staff and keeping the foot soldiers motivated. Layton puts it down to 4 ways they helped turn around this “supertanker.”
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The most powerful man in banking just quit on President Trump

Daniel Tarullo resigns from Fed board
The Wall Street Journal once referred to Daniel Tarullo as "The Most Powerful Man in Banking". Come April 5, that statement will no longer apply. Tarullo submitted his resignation as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in a letter to President Donald Trump.
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S&P: Private mortgage insurance all set for another banner year

The good times won't stop there, either
Why such an upbeat outlook? Well, troubled vintages are winding down in an orderly fashion. Also, recent mortgages are comparatively high credit in terms of underlying quality. And it’s not just for 2017, as S&P predicts private mortgage insurers are set to enjoy robust earnings over the next few years. But, here's the catch.
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Why isn't Freddie Mac on board with all these rosy outlooks?

Latest housing numbers prove robust, so what gives?
Clearly, the housing market is doing just fine. Read the latest Case-Shiller. Housing pretty much recovered. And Ten-X, too. Home sales increased in January. Don’t forget Black Knight. Home prices are so close to a new peak. So why isn't Freddie Mac on board with all these rosy, housing outlooks?
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