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Volume 18 - Number 23

November 9, 2018

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GSEs Report $6.7 Billion Combined Profits, Attract More CRT Investors

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted a combined net profit of $6.72 billion for the third quarter while continuing to expand their credit-risk transfer programs. GSE earnings as a whole were down slightly from the $6.96 billion in the previous quarter, but that can be primarily attributed to Fannie’s 10.0 percent drop from the second quarter to $4.01 billion. Fannie’s new chief financial officer, Celeste Brown, said the decrease was due to lower credit-related income ... [Includes one data chart]

Debate on Gov’t Role in Mortgage Finance Continues into 2019

There is widespread consensus about the future role of the government in mortgage finance, but it’s by no means homogenous. The Trump administration gets to name a new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency who can work with Treasury to steer the GSEs toward a revised, likely narrower, role. The new FHFA chief will have command of the enterprises for five years, with dim prospects of Congress tackling long-term reform. Michael Stegman, senior fellow for housing policy at ...

Midterm Election and the GSEs, Democrat Waters to Chair HFSC

This week’s midterm election ushered in a sea-change in the House of Representatives but it’s uncertain how it will influence housing finance reform. Now that the Democrats are the majority in the House, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is in line to serve as chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Back in July, Waters said fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be a top priority if Democrats take control of the House. She’s been at odds with outgoing chair, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX ...

Fannie Inaugurates REMIC Structure Latest CRT Deal

Fannie Mae’s last Connecticut Avenue Securities credit-risk transfer transaction of the year featured its first use of a structure geared toward attracting more investors. CAS Series 2018-R07, a $922 million offering, is Fannie’s first risk-transfer deal involving a real estate mortgage investment conduit (REMIC). Both Fannie and Freddie see REMICs as a key to unlocking greater participation by real estate investment trusts and offshore investors. Freddie issued its first CRT using a REMIC ...

GSE Shareholders Urge Judge to Reject FHFA’s Request

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders in a class action suit are urging U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to reject the government’s request to reconsider his opinion. On Sept. 28, Royce ruled that the Treasury sweep breached an implied covenant of good faith. That ruling paved the way for shareholders to continue their case against the government. But the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the GSEs are challenging that ruling. They filed a motion on Oct. 15 asking for ...

FHFA Says Freddie Missed Two Low-Income Housing Goals

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s annual report on housing showed that Freddie Mac fell short of meeting two of its four single-family affordable housing goals for 2017. The GSE came close but didn’t meet the low-income and very low-income purchase goals. The low-income goal was 24.0 percent and Freddie came in at 23.2 percent. The very low-income purchase target was 6.0 percent and Freddie was at 5.7 percent. The FHFA recently notified Freddie of the shortage ...

Freddie Publishes White Papers on Underserved Multifamily

More needs to be done to incorporate affordable rental units into all geographic areas, according to Freddie Mac, which released a series of white papers last week focusing on the underserved multifamily housing markets. The GSE is publishing a total of eight papers as part of its duty-to-serve initiative to bring the issue of affordable apartments to the forefront. One of the papers explored how state housing finance agencies help guide low-income housing tax credit investment to high-income ...

FHFA Looks to Condense FHLBank Housing Goal Requirements

The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants to do away with some of the targeted housing goals for the Federal Home Loan Banks in favor of a more streamlined approach. The regulator issued a proposed rule last week that would remove separate home-purchase mortgage targets for low-income families, low-income areas, very low-income families, and a target for low-income family refinance mortgages. The FHFA recommends replacing those four goals with one succinct goal that doesn’t ...

FHLBank Earnings Dip 3 Percent, Advances Sag in Third Quarter

The Federal Home Loan Bank System’s combined net income dropped 3.0 percent in the third quarter of 2018 but year-to-date profits were still a comfortable 10.4 percent above the same period last year. Advances were down 1.9 percent year-over-year, having dropped 3.9 percent for the quarter. The FHLBank Office of Finance reported that third-quarter net income was $942 million, down slightly from $971 million in the second quarter. But cumulative ... [Includes one data chart]

FHFA Releases GSE CRT Progress Report for First Half of 2018

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transferred risk on about $367 billion of unpaid principal balance in the first half of the year as the GSEs target a larger share of single-family loans. The Federal Housing Finance Agency published a credit-risk transfer progress report last week highlighting activity through the second quarter of 2018. This report marks the first time the FHFA is reporting the percentage of the GSEs’ targeted single-family and multifamily acquisitions that are covered by credit-risk transfer ...

GSE Roundup

FHFA and CFPB Release New Loan-Level Dataset. The Federal Housing Finance Agency along with the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau on Nov. 8 released for public use a new loan-level dataset collected through the National Survey of Mortgage Originations (NSMO) that provides insights into borrowers’ experiences in getting a residential mortgage. FHFA Deputy Director Sandra Thompson said, “The goal of the survey is to obtain information ... [Includes four briefs]


With loan volumes declining, does your shop have plans to enter the non-QM lending market in 2019?

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