The Federal Housing Finance Agency is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to restrict forced-placed insurance practices, which is a follow up from a notice the agency published in March regarding its views on such practices.
"I think it reinforces the current nature of mortgage finance policy, which is not to hold borrowers responsible. This isn’t just about Freddie, but it’s also about these borrowers sticking it to the taxpayer," Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute said.
Policymakers are contemplating a reduction in the maximum size of home loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are allowed to acquire, hoping this change will reduce the government’s dominant footprint in the mortgage market.
Housing is a strong catalyst for current economic growth, prompting mortgage experts to urge policymakers about the need for comprehensive housing finance reform this fall. But other fiscal headwinds and policy considerations could take precedence, delaying the housing fix once again.
A wide range of companies making the 2014 HW Fast50 suggests that — are you ready for this? — maybe things aren't as bad in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets as some breathless press might otherwise suggest. After all, our rankings this year include mortgage insurers, investors, loan servicers, technology specialists and dot-coms, home builders, real estate services companies, mortgage bankers and more..
Last October, HousingWire highlighted several correspondent lenders and gave a broad overview of where this division of mortgage finance was heading. We are happy to report that those lenders are still doing a robust set of business, although the road remains no less rocky. But as we said last year, at least there’s a road to begin with. Read More
As our business moves into a new era of low profitability, increased expenses, and intense regulatory scrutiny, virtually every mortgage executive needs to experiment with ways to increase productivity and CFPB compliance while reducing overall operating costs. Read More