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Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro markets for housing

Denver and Las Vegas the only repeats
Brena Swanson
September's top five improving metro housing markets according to Freddie Mac's latest Multi-Indicator Market index only repeated 2 cities, leaving room for two cities in one southern states to get their names on the list.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates stay frozen heading into holidays

Rates remain around 4%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates once again barely budged from last week’s numbers, with most staying unchanged. Here’s where rates stand heading into Thanksgiving weekend.
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FHFA changes Fannie and Freddie REO sales policy

Eases financial burden to homebuyers
Brena Swanson
The Federal Housing Finance Agency updated one of its policies relating to the sale of real estate owned properties. It’s not really a huge market change, but it is worth a mention.
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FHFA announces conforming loan limits for 2015

Only 46 counties increase; remainder of U.S. is unchanged
Ben Lane
According to the FHFA, the areas that will see conforming loan limit increases include the Denver, Colorado metro area; the Boston, Massachusetts metro area; the Baltimore, Maryland metro area; the Nashville, Tennessee metro area and the Seattle, Washington area.
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Freddie Mac to make loan-level loss data available to investors

Aims to increase transparency in credit risk-sharing offerings
Ben Lane
"It is important for investors to have this expanded view of credit risk, especially as we continue to grow and evolve our credit risk offerings,” said Kevin Palmer, vice president of single-family strategic credit costing and structuring for Freddie Mac.
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$4.8 billion portfolio of Fannie, Freddie MSRs hits market

Available from “a highly reputable mortgage banking company”
Ben Lane
"These offerings provide an excellent opportunity to finish off your year with the purchase of a substantial amount of extremely low interest rate, high quality MSRs from a highly reputable mortgage banking company," said Interactive Mortgage Advisors, which is acting as the exclusive broker for the seller.
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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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[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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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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Genworth: G-fee increases to hurt mortgage lending

53% say increases will result in fewer loans
Brena Swanson
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced in June that it was seeking industry opinion on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees, and while the results of this have not been revealed, a new survey of mortgage bankers gives a preview into what lenders expect to happen with increases.
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