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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac look for more ways to share credit risk

GSEs provide update on risk-sharing programs; seek input on front-end deals
The federal government is looking for additional methods and mechanisms that it can use to transfer credit risk currently borne by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and therefore the American taxpayers, to private investors. Here's a breakdown of the history of Fannie and Freddie's risk-sharing deals, and a look at what the GSEs want to do next.
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Freddie Mac: Low interest rates help keep housing on track

Homeowners avoiding cash-out refinances
Freddie Mac’s recent report gives a glimpse of trends in the housing market, as well as what to look for in the coming months. "Despite the increase in cash-out refinances in the recent quarters, there is little risk of over leveraging in the conventional conforming prime market,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. Click to read more about Becketti's call.
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Quicken Loans now offering 1% down mortgages

Here are the details on the program that no one is talking about
While megabanks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase grabbed the headlines earlier this year by separately announcing plans to offer mortgage loans that only require a 3% down payment from the borrower, there is another major lender that is quietly requiring even less from borrowers. Unbeknownst to many in the market, Quicken Loans began offering an even better deal for borrowers late last year – a 1% down mortgage.
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Are 3% down mortgages the new normal?

Young borrowers embrace opportunity to put less down
In a recent interview with HousingWire, Mat Ishbia, CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, explained why low down payment mortgages are growing in popularity, especially among Millennial buyers. Are 3% down mortgages going to be the new normal?
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FSOC: Congress must take on housing finance reform

Time is running out
The Financial Stability Oversight Council, which includes the leaders of the government's top financial regulatory agencies, believes that it is time for Congress to take on housing finance reform, stating that regulators are "approaching the limits" of their ability to enact housing reforms.
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Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate inches up

Housing market looks good after rise in existing home sales
After two straight weeks of decreasing mortgage rates, the average 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages inched up this week. That being said, the still-low rates continue to be good news for the housing market. Here’s why.
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National Association of Realtors declares support for alternative credit scoring

Says alternative models could make expand credit box
The National Association of Realtors sent a letter to two members of Congress this week, declaring the organization's support of alternative credit-scoring models that could be used to open the credit box to previously underserved borrowers. Here's why NAR thinks alternative credit scoring is so important.
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