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Moody's: Bond investors will also benefit from FHFA HARP replacement

Refi replacement will bolster GSE risk-sharing deals
The Federal Housing Finance Agency shook up the mortgage world recently when it announced not only that it planned to extend the Home Affordable Refinance Program for nine additional months, but also that it planned to replace HARP with a new mortgage refinance program. A new report from Moody’s suggests that the new refinance program is also beneficial to the investors that buy up some of the credit risk tied to the mortgages.
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FHFA: Mortgage interest rates continued falling in July

Multiple indices show drop in interest rates
As readers of HousingWire well know, mortgage interest rates trended lower over the last few months, especially in the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. A new report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency provides more evidence of the decline in mortgage interest rates, as several indices reviewed by the FHFA show that mortgage rates fell in July.
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HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

More than 300,000 homeowners still eligible for HARP
It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different.
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Barclays triumphs in toxic mortgage bond row with U.S. Bank, FHFA

Court rules U.S. Bank, FHFA waited too long to file claims
Barclays Bank and a defunct subprime lending unit of the company are off the hook for allegedly misrepresenting the quality of the mortgages that made up a $619 million mortgage bond after the Supreme Court of the state of New York ruled that U.S. Bank and the Federal Housing Finance Agency waited too long to file a lawsuit against Barclays.
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Obama administration presents a look at life after HAMP

Feds provide a preview of what's next
Time is ticking on the government's Home Affordable Modification Program and Home Affordable Refinance Program, as both will end on Dec. 31, 2016. In a comprehensive report published Monday, the Treasury, HUD, and the FHFA say that while these programs are set to end this year, the government plans to continue working with the mortgage industry on various loss mitigation programs moving forward, but caution that the industry needs to be prepared to do more.
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FHFA's Watt: Congress needs to handle housing finance reform

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac overseer responds to calls to end GSE status quo
In recent weeks, several different groups tried to exert public pressure on the Federal Housing Finance Agency in an attempt to end the housing finance system's current status quo. Up to this point, the FHFA and its director, Mel Watt, did not respond directly to these efforts. But now, Watt is responding to those public salvos, albeit much more quietly than the trade groups or the politicians.
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Who is eligible for principal reduction? New report sheds light on groundbreaking program

Just how many borrowers are eligible? Where are they located?
When the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced earlier this year that it was going forward with a groundbreaking plan to offer principal reduction to a select number of borrowers, the details on who exactly would be eligible were somewhat scarce, outside of the stipulations for the program provided by the FHFA. A new report from the FHFA provides more detail on how many borrowers are eligible and where they are located.
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Corker, Warner, bipartisan Senate coalition to FHFA: Leave GSE reform to us

But don’t expect it any time soon
Over the last few months, several groups attempted to push the Federal Housing Finance Agency to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to rebuild their dwindling capital base. Now, several of the most significant voices on housing finance reform in the Senate are weighing in with their own view on the situation. Their advice? Leave housing finance reform to us.
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