The Federal Housing Finance Agency delayed plans to raise the base guarantee fee by 10 basis points on all mortgages securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, giving newly appointed FHFA Director Mel Watt more time to evaluate the changes.
After much fanfare and delay, Rep. Mel Watt was officially sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Entering his five-year term, Watt becomes the first Senate-confirmed director of the agency.
Currently, Rep. Mel Watt’s, D-N.C., nomination doesn’t have the necessary votes, but the situation remains incredibly fluid. Still, that hasn't stopped policymakers and advocacy groups from dropping breadcrumbs on the confirmation trail.
The greatest guessing game on Capitol Hill appears to be who will lead the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, there's no need to guess when the man best suited for the position is already in office.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized clarifications to mortgage rules Wednesday, improving consumer protections in qualified mortgages and mortgage servicing.The corrections, clarifications and amendments were first...
One by one, they filed into the city council chambers. They took their seats and waited their turn, and once there weren’t any seats left, they moved to the seldom-used overflow seating. When the overflow seating filled, they moved to the civic center so they could watch the meeting on a closed-circuit feed..
It’s a new world, and in this new world, data is more crucial than ever. Getting the best data possible, and then being able to interpret that data to improve performance, will be a competitive edge that no company in the mortgage finance space can do without in the current environment of volume contraction. Read More
Only seven or eight years ago, mortgage fraud was one of the top stories in the industry. It was quite common to see stories estimating losses in the millions, with some experts suggesting that these numbers were only the tip of the iceberg. Lenders and their partners scrambled to strengthen their fraud-prevention strategies. Read More