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Jun 01, 2016 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac: US Housing Markets Continue to Improve

Freddie Mac announced May 25 that its Multi-Indicator Market Index rose to 83.8, which is a 7.23 percent increase from the previous year and indicative of an improving housing market. A score of 100 means that indicators are at average benchmark levels. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia are within range of average benchmarks.

 
May 25, 2016 12:30 PM

Court Voids $1.27B fine Against Bank of America in 'Hustle' Case

A U.S. appeals court on May 23 overturned a $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America, voiding a jury's finding that the bank was liable for selling toxic mortgage loans to the government-sponsored enterprises, Reuters reported. The government had accused the bank of fraud over a loan origination process known as “Hustle.”

 
May 25, 2016 12:30 PM

Fannie: Economic Growth Continues Downward Slide

Fannie Mae on May 17 lowered its full-year economic growth forecast to 1.7 percent, down from 1.9 percent noted in a previous forecast and 2.2 percent reported at the beginning of the year. However, growth is expected to recover with a boost from home sales and low mortgage rates.

 
May 25, 2016 12:30 PM

HARP Refinance Surpasses 3.4 Million Borrowers

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced May 16 that more than 3.4 million homeowners have refinanced their mortgage loans via the Home Affordable Refinance Program, including more than 19,000 in the first quarter. HARP expires Dec. 31, and more than 325,000 borrowers are still eligible to refinance.​

 

Fannie Mae: TRID Gives Advantage to Large Lenders

Forty-four percent of large lenders responding to a Fannie Mae survey about the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule said that it gave them a competitive advantage in the marketplace, whereas only 16 percent of small lenders said the rule gave them any advantage, MBA NewsLink reported May 12.

 
May 18, 2016 12:30 PM

Moody's: Pre-recession Interest Rates Gone for Good

The higher interest rates that were prevalent before the recent financial crisis are unlikely to be seen again, primarily because of weak investment spending and the changing relationship between rates and inflation, according to ratings agency Moody's, Business Insider reported May 11

 
May 11, 2016 12:30 PM

Report: Few Properties Qualify for Principal Reduction

Fewer than 1 percent of seriously underwater properties could qualify for principal loan forgiveness under a new mortgage modification program introduced in April by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, analytics firm RealtyTrac reported May 4 in its Q1 2016 U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report.

 
May 11, 2016 12:30 PM

FHFA Raises Multifamily Lending Caps

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on May 4 announced that it increased to $35 billion the multifamily lending cap for government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, effective immediately. The $4 billion adjustment is based on an increased estimate of the size of the multifamily finance market.

 
May 11, 2016 12:30 PM

Freddie Mac Avoids Bailout

Freddie Mac reported a $354 million loss in the first quarter, but that amount was not enough to require a cash infusion from the government, MarketWatch reported May 3. Freddie said that reduced interest rates and widening spreads on mortgage loans and mortgage securities contributed to its loss.

 
May 04, 2016 12:30 PM

Mortgage Rates Inch Up

Higher treasury yields helped push up average fixed mortgage rates during the past week, but they still remain low as the spring homebuying season begins, Freddie Mac reported April 28 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

 
 
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