Mortgage giant Freddie Mac [stock FRE][/stock] late last week announced it settled the offering Series K-003 Structured Pass-Through Certificates, or K Certificates.
The offered certificates consist of multifamily mortgage-backed securities composed of mortgages originated through Freddie's Capital Markets Execution. The dealer managers in the transactions, led by Deutsche Bank Securities, offered the certificates to a number of investors including money managers, life insurance companies and pension funds.
The economy will continue to experience slow economic growth this year and into early 2009, according to a press statement Tuesday afternoon from the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association.
"Although the tax rebates are providing some near-term lift to spending, households will continue to face a multiplicity of negative forces, including energy and food prices, restrained credit conditions and declining home prices," said Peter Hooper, chair of the committee and chief economist, Deutsche Bank Securities in New York.
Continuing a run that led excess returns of MBS over Treasuries to post their best month in over 10 years during April, U.S. mortgage-backed securities continued to tighten against Treasuries on Wednesday -- despite news of a large loss by Fannie Mae [stock FNM][/stock]. The trend is likely to mean better mortgage rates for conforming borrowers, sources told Housing Wire Thursday.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..
Typically, for a process and a product that depends largely on human effort, if you want a higher quality product, you have to pay more. The best doctors, chefs, mechanics and attorneys all make more than the market average. Nevertheless, lenders, AMCs and Fannie Mae all expect appraisal quality to increase even as appraiser fees decrease. Read More