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Community groups, lenders call for Fannie, Freddie to stop paying dividend to Treasury

Will Trump administration have a different answer?
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are scheduled to send their latest dividend payment to the Department of the Treasury later this month, but if a consortium of community groups and lenders has their way, that money will stay with the government-sponsored enterprises to help rebuild their dwindling capital base.
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FHFA: Fannie, Freddie single security needs another year to finish

Phase 2 of common security implementation pushed from 2018
Citing the need for additional time for testing and development to ensure a "smooth transition," the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Thursday that the implementation of the single security, the joint initiative from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop a single mortgage-backed security that will be issued by the government-sponsored enterprises, is being delayed until the second quarter of 2019.
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FHFA: Rising interest rates not slowing down home prices…yet

No end in sight for low housing inventories
Home prices continued their strong growth in the fourth quarter despite rising interest rates. Although interest rates are up, housing inventory is down, causing home prices to increase. However, the FHFA’s deputy chief economist explains it may simply be too soon to see an effect on the market from increasing interest rates.
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"Rocket Mod": The future of mortgage default servicing?

How technology will change loss mitigation
Over the last few years, technological advancements took mortgage originations from the fax machine to the smartphone — and from months of waiting to approval in minutes. Could the same thing be coming for mortgage modifications?
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FHFA: Home price increases slow in October

Led by increase in mountain region
The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its House Price Index for October, which indicated that while home prices increased, it was at a slower pace than September. Some regions even saw a decrease in home prices from the previous month, however, annually, all regions are increasing.
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Fannie, Freddie replace HAMP with new foreclosure prevention program

Say hello to the Flex Modification foreclosure prevention program
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac finally revealed a program on Wednesday that will replace the Home Affordable Modification Program. The government sponsored enterprises announced the Flex Modification foreclosure prevention program, which is designed to help America’s families by offering reductions to their monthly mortgage payments.
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Moody's: Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac would cost "hundreds of billions"

Report predicts disruption to secondary market
Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of the Treasury, recently said that “getting Fannie and Freddie out of government ownership” is one of the Trump administration’s top 10 priorities. But just how realistic is that plan? According to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service, privatizing the GSEs is not only unlikely to happen any time soon, it’s also hugely cost-prohibitive, and it would be a negative for bond investors as well. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?
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Freddie Mac takes next step to single securitization

Implements Release 1
Freddie Mac just implemented the next step of the single securitization process. Freddie Mac is now using CSP for data acceptance, issuance support and bond administration activities released to current single-class, fixed-rate, mortgage backed securities. The timeline for the implementation for Release 2 is still to come.
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