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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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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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FHFA: Deceleration in home prices short-lived

Some state increases top 10%
Home prices picked up speed in the third quarter, showing that the slow down seen earlier this year was temporary. Home prices increased even as much as 10% in several states. An economist from the Federal Housing Finance Agency explains the significant home price increase.
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There’s less than 1 year left for more than 200,000 HARP eligible borrowers

Rates only project to increase
The deadline, while it has constantly moved, is quickly approaching for struggling borrowers to take advantage of the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is working extra hard to make sure it reaches every eligible borrower before the Sept. 30, 2017 deadline. This is the latest update on the program’s performance.
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Community lenders renew call to allow Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to rebuild capital

GSEs reported combined net income of more than $5 billion in 3rd quarter
In the wake of both of the government-sponsored enterprises reporting multi-billion dollar profits in the third quarter, the Community Home Lenders Association is renewing its call to allow Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to rebuild capital, saying an additional draw from the Treasury could lead to a restriction of mortgage credit availablity.
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Why we should quit wasting money on consumer education

Here are 3 better ideas for the $128 million in the CFPB's civil penalty fund
In the first part of September, the CFPB collected $100 million from Wells Fargo after it was revealed that the bank’s employees had opened 2 million fake accounts that customers didn’t know about. By law, the CFPB has only two ways to spend that money: compensating victims harmed by financial institutions and educating consumers. If you have hundreds of millions of dollars that can only be spent on consumer education, it’s easy to imagine how that goal could take on a life of its own, spawning a bloated consumer education complex overnight. Here are some better ideas.
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Fannie Mae announces sweeping program for mortgage lender "freedom" from penalties

Using Fannie Mae tools for underwriting, appraisals shields lenders from buybacks
Fannie Mae announced that lenders using its Desktop Underwriter and Collateral Underwriter tools will be shielded from buyback risk from the GSE under certain conditions. Fannie Mae's "Day 1 Certainty" program helps lenders address risk up front in underwriting and property appraisal and inspection so that they can lend with confidence, Timothy Mayopoulos, president and CEO of Fannie Mae, said at the Mortgage Bankers Association conference. 
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FHFA pivots to affordable housing, single-family rentals

Renewed focus on those left behind in recovery
At the Mortgage Banking Association's annual conference, FHFA Director Mel Watt recounted a number of items the agency accomplished in the wake of the financial crisis before signaling the agency's focus for the next year: expanding affordable housing, including single-family rentals.
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