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First-time buyer GSE mortgage loans are getting far riskier

Risk index for agency mortgages for new buyers at series high
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First-time buyer GSE mortgage loans are getting far riskier

Risk index for agency mortgages for new buyers at series high
Trey Garrison
Agency loans for first-time buyers are as risky as they’ve been since the AEI started tracking mortgage risk. With pressure on to loosen credit standards even more, are you worried?
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Fannie, Freddie: Simplifying loss mitigation is a 2015 priority

Both continue efforts to resolve serious delinquencies
Trey Garrison
Simplification and streamlining – those are the watchwords as Fannie and Freddie move forward in 2015 in terms of mortgage servicing. And not surprisingly, the two enterprises' plans are not too different.
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Fannie Mae: Lenders expect boost from GSE 97% LTV products

Plus additional benefit from FHA mortgage premium insurance cut
Trey Garrison
The latest lender sentiment survey from Fannie Mae shows that mortgage lenders expect they will get a boost in business from changes at the GSEs and at FHA. Here’s what they think.
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Fitch: GSE non-performing loan sales will help banks too

Fannie and Freddie sales could spur NPL market
Ben Lane
The recent push by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to offload pools of non-performing loans could help more than just the GSEs, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. The non-performing loan market could be poised for a surge.
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Bombshell: Treasury now claims Fannie, Freddie bailout wasn’t loan

Calls sweep recovery for “investment”; Dodges questions on privilege
Trey Garrison
In a letter that’s going to raise more questions than it answers, the Treasury Department replied to an interrogatory from a U.S. Senator on its “third amendment sweep” of profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Housing advocates say FHFA g-fee adjustment not enough

NCRC: A step in the right direction, but more needed
Trey Garrison
A housing advocacy group says that the adjustments the FHFA is making to the fees it charges lenders on loans guaranteed by the GSEs doesn't go nearly far enough.
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Fannie Mae integrates Collateral Underwriter with Desktop Underwriter

Also looped with EarlyCheck
Brena Swanson
Collateral Underwriter continues to take shape. In the latest update, Fannie Mae announced it integrated Collateral Underwriter with Desktop Underwriter and EarlyCheck in order to help lenders more effectively manage risk and underwrite stronger loans.
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Is this any way to run a mortgage market?

Here's the right solution
Paulina McGrath
In spite of their Achilles heel status in the U.S. housing market, the GSEs have been intentionally left vulnerable to the slightest hiccup in either the market or their financial performance and/or the most insignificant miscalculation in their hedging strategy.
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Fannie Mae economist: Economic momentum will boost housing markets

Still expect to see 2.8% boost in economic activity in 2015
Trey Garrison
Economic activity was suppressed in the first quarter due largely to the West Coast port disruptions and difficult weather patterns across the Northeast, but the economy is expected to gain momentum for the rest of the year. Here's why Fannie Mae thinks so, anyway.
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Green Tree earns top marks in Fannie Mae mortgage servicer ratings

Awarded a superior five STAR designation
Ben Lane
Green Tree Servicing announced Friday that it received a superior five STAR designation as part of Fannie Mae’s Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards program for 2014. Green Tree also said that 2014 is the third consecutive year the company has earned the top performer distinction within its STAR peer group.
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