More than 544,000 borrowers in the first quarter refinanced their Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage loans, with about 31,600 of those happening through the Home Affordable Refinance Program, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said yesterday.
Four in 10 U.S. households surveyed last fall said they were somewhat or much better off financially than they had been five years prior, according to the Federal Reserve’s 2014 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking released today. Just over a quarter said they were worse off than in 2009.
Hundreds of lawmakers wrote to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week urging Director Richard Cordray to provide an enforcement grace period after the TILA-RESPA integrated disclosures take effect on Aug. 1 running through the end of 2015.
ABA President and CEO Frank Keating welcomed Richard Shelby’s regulatory reform bill as a “wonderful first step” during an interview on Fox Business’ “Before the Closing Bell” program today.
At the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac yesterday announced new standards that mortgage institutions would have to meet in order to sell loans to or service loans on behalf of the housing GSEs. The new standards include net worth, capital and liquidity requirements both for depository institutions and for nonbanks.
The OCC’s Community Developments Insights newsletter published today focuses on how banks can support the market for small multifamily rental housing.
Noting that the average New York state foreclosure takes more than 900 days—twice the national average—and that foreclosures account for nearly three in 10 civil cases on court dockets, the New York Department of Financial Services today recommended that the state legislature take action to speed up the foreclosure process.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Friday issued an update on the development of the Single Security, a mortgage-backed security to be issued by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac via a common securitization platform.