The Senate yesterday passed a three-month extension to the Highway Trust Fund that the House had passed on Wednesday, providing both houses of Congress with more time to resolve differences about how to fund a longer-term roads bill.
The conforming loan limits for mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will purchase are too high, ABA said in a comment letter yesterday. Given post-crisis house price declines, the average mortgage loan amounted to $294,000 in March 2014 — well below the GSEs’ $417,000 and $625,500 in high-cost areas.
ABA and several other trade groups yesterday released a statement of principles on “super-priority” liens placed by homeowner associations that in some states have been recognized as senior even to claims by first-lien mortgage holders.
The percentage of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac purchased from small lenders in 2014 rose substantially, according to a report yesterday from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s combined first-quarter earnings were $2.4 billion, up from the $1.5 billion they earned in the fourth quarter of 2014 but down substantially from the $9.3 billion they earned a year before, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported today.
The number of home loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that are 60 days or more past due or are in the foreclosure process fell 9 percent in the first quarter, following a 3 percent drop in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s foreclosure prevention report released today.
Fannie Mae announced today that it is immediately eliminating fees for Desktop Underwriter, its automated mortgage underwriting system, as part of a broader effort to streamline mortgage origination.
The Federal Home Loan Banks of Seattle and Des Moines, Iowa, today announced that their merger is complete. The combined entity, serving nearly 1,500 financial institutions in 13 upper Midwestern and northwestern states plus Pacific island territories, remains headquartered in Des Moines.
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.
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.