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  • MBA Secondary: Predicting the future of housing finance policy

    Will new FHA, FHFA leaders get to implement any changes before the next election?
    With several key housing appointments still vacant and uncertainty building around legislative direction after the upcoming mid-term elections, forecasting the future of housing finance is tricky. But a panel of eminent industry leaders gave it a try at the Mortgage Bankers Association Secondary Marketing conference on Monday.
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    FHFA on credit score delivery: forgotten lessons

    Multiple versions of a credit model may lead to added cost and complexity
    Recently, FHFA posted a Request for Input asking for opinions concerning options for changing the delivery of credit scores to the GSEs, underwriters and investors. FHFA is considering various options to change the current system. Any such choice, in the end, is the outcome of a detailed cost-benefit analysis, but while FHFA acknowledges this, they fall short of providing the necessary framework for reaching an informed conclusion.
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  • FHFA: Home prices still on the rise

    But growth could see moderation in 2018
    Home prices are still on the rise, increasing once again in February. But one expert said a rise in debt-to-income ratios looks to have supported house price gains over the past few months but, with mortgage interest rates now on the rise, he still expects a slight moderation in growth this year.
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  • AMCs respond to FHFA report they bring little value to appraisals

    Just as likely to make mistakes
    When commissioning an appraisal, do AMCs provide a better valuation to mortgage lenders? The FHFA says no and AMCs are not happy: "Our review of the research has uncovered real concerns about the methodology, measures of quality, errors and the insertion of staff opinion that seems to indicate bias."
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  • Fannie Mae now allowing lenders to contribute to borrower closing costs

    Funds must be a gift and cannot be used toward down payment
    While it’s not quite the same as the down payment assistance that the government-sponsored enterprises used to allow, lenders now have a new way to help borrowers buy a home – closing cost assistance. Fannie Mae announced this week that it will now allow lenders to contribute to borrowers’ closing costs, as long as the money is a gift and is not used towards a borrower’s down payment. Click the headline to read more.
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  • MBA calls for competitive credit score requirements

    Submits letter to FHFA
    On the last day to submit comments about credit scoring to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Mortgage Bankers Association sent in a letter calling for more competitive credit score requirements. Here’s some of the requirements the MBA outlines in its letter to the FHFA.
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  • FHFA: Here are 10 things the GSEs did to improve access to credit in 2017

    Agency releases annual scorecard on Fannie, Freddie
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its annual progress report summarizing the activities of the GSEs in 2017. Objectives in the 2017 scorecard required the enterprises to continue to assess opportunities to address credit access and develop recommendations for improvement, improve the effectiveness of pre-purchase counseling and homeownership education. Here’s what they did.
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  • FHFA officially sets date for Fannie, Freddie single security

    Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security coming on June 3, 2019
    After years of work and planning, the development of a single mortgage-backed security that will be issued by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is nearly complete. The FHFA announced Wednesday that the government-sponsored enterprises will officially begin issuing the single security, called the Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security, on June 3, 2019.
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  • FHFA: Home prices jump in January

    Growth strongest on coasts
    Home prices increased in January, moving even faster than the levels of increase seen at the end of 2017. In fact, January’s increase in home prices was the highest monthly increase since February 2017.
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