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Stress Test Shows GSEs Would Require Another Sizable Draw on Treasury

The fact that the Enterprises remain in conservatorship of the FHFA has been a contentious topic among lawmakers and housing industry stakeholders in recent months. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac returned to profitability in 2012, but those profits declined substantially from 2013 to 2014. Recent reports, including one from the FHFA Inspector General, have warned that the profitability of the GSEs might not continue even though the conservatorship probably will.

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FHFA Expands Push for Diversity on Federal Boards

The FHFA now requires that Federal Home Loan Banks and their Office of Finance include demographic data related to their boards of directors in their annual minority and women inclusion reports to the agency. The banks also must now include descriptions of their outreach activities and strategies designed to promote diversity in nominating or soliciting nominees for positions on boards of directors.

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Survey Reveals Gaps in Credit Health Awareness

More than half of those surveyed were not aware that overdue bills could impact their credit score, and only 37 percent said they were confident that their current score could help them accomplish their personal goals. Sixty-six percent said they would like to improve their credit score over the next year.

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CFPB, Maryland AG Strike Against ‘Pay-to-Play’ Mortgage Kickback Scheme

Specifically, the complaint said that Genuine Title offered purchasing, analysis and consumer data to loan officers and created mailers on the officers’ behalf. In exchange for this, the officers then referred buyers to Genuine’s closing services. Loan officers also allegedly received cash payments through their individual companies.

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Fed Decides Against Interest Rate Hike

According to the FOMC’s statement, this decision was made to “support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability” and largely factored in energy prices, household spending and incomes, unemployment rates, inflation and other economic influencers. Despite opting to continue with its current interest rates, the FOMC’s statement did recognize that increases in the future are possible.

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Pending Home Sales Up Over Last Month, Reach Highest Point in Two Years

The index, an indicator of sales based on contract signings, was released this morning. It showed a 1.1 percent increase in pending sales for March and an 11.1 percent increase over the same time last year. This marks the third month in a row the sales have risen and the seventh year that pending sales numbers have improved.

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Report: Oil-Rich States Could See Housing Price Drop

The national average risk score for home price declines in most markets, according to the index, is holding at a steady 8 percent (since February) DeFranco said. However, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas, the report found, each are at a 33 percent risk of seeing home prices drop.

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Analyst: Gains the Housing Market Has Made Are ‘Good Enough’

Blackstone is the largest single private owner of residential homes in the U.S. with approximately 47,000 homes and about $90 billion in real estate assets. Schwarzman said his company is putting money into the housing market, although not as much as it was during the height of the financial crisis.

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