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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hit new high for 2015

Strong housing reports drive rate increase
Trey Garrison
Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid positive housing data and pushing fixed mortgage rates to their highest level of the year, according to Freddie Mac. Here's what happened.
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Freddie Mac eliminates Loan Prospector fee

Opens liquidity in the market
Brena Swanson
Freddie Mac is choosing to make a giant investment in its customers, and starting on June 1, the GSE will no longer charge lenders $20 to use its automated underwriting service, Loan Prospector.
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Freddie Mac: The top 5 improving metros right now

Housing market recovery chugs along
Brena Swanson
While still struggling, the housing market is improving. Freddie Mac’s latest housing report highlights 5 metros that are outpacing the rest of the market.
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Caution: GSE reform could have serious unintended consequences

Guest blog by former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin
Joseph Murin
Former Ginnie Mae president Joseph Murin knows first-hand how important the government backstop to the mortgage industry is…and it’s not just for lenders. Without the government guarantee for mortgages, it will be the consumer who suffers most, Murin says.
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Freddie Mac completes sale of $201 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans

Third sale of the year
Brena Swanson
The chain continues as Freddie Mac announced it officially sold 1,052 deeply delinquent Ocwen serviced non-performing loans from its mortgage investment portfolio as part of its Standard Pool Offerings.
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Freddie Mac back with new high-LTV risk-sharing mortgage bond

STACR 2015-HQ2 features loans with 80-95% loan-to-value ratio
Ben Lane
Freddie Mac is back in the market with its fourth risk-sharing deal of the year, as the government-sponsored enterprise continues in its push to alleviate the risk to the American taxpayers. Meet Freddie's latest STACR deal.
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Jeb Bush: Current housing and debt situation unsustainable

Is the clock ticking on the 30-year mortgage?
Trey Garrison
Presidential candidates are stepping into the national limelight as the race for the White House in 2016 edges closer, and now, finally, the topic of housing is creeping into the conversation.
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Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill

Big implications in legislation for housing and mortgage finance
Trey Garrison
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs passed “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” on Thursday, which will, if it makes it through the bill-making grinder and gets passed into law, bring big changes to the red tape the mortgage finance industry is tied up in.
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Mortgage rates remain largely unchanged from last week

Good news on starts doesn’t provide boost
Trey Garrison
Average fixed mortgage rates moved just slightly lower following three consecutive weeks of increases, according to Freddie Mac.
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Fannie and Freddie set new financial rules for mortgage servicers and sellers

Specifically targets nonbanks
Ben Lane
The GSEs announced Wednesday that they are issuing new operational and financial requirements for all current and potential sellers and servicers that do business with the government sponsored enterprises, making official the proposed rules issued in January.
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