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Fannie Mae Tackles Student Debt Problem

Fannie Mae is now offering three solutions for borrowers with student loan debt. They will allow borrowers to exclude student debt in their debt-to-income ratio, let lenders accept student loan payments on credit reports, and allow borrowers to refinance in order to pay down student debts. Student loan debt is one of the biggest barries to homeownership today.

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Proposal Details Possible GSE Reform Plan

A key industry organization has released a white paper outlining a GSE reform plan. The paper details how the reform should occur, how to handle the transition, and the secondary market’s role in it all. The organization hopes to work with legislators on creating a bipartisan reform plan.

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Nationstar Receives Fannie Mae Top Servicer Recognition

Nationstar mortgage announced that it received the Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) performer recognition for overall performance from Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae’s STAR Program aims to recognize the highest performing servicers for customer service. This is the third year in a row in which Nationstar has received the recognition.

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Fannie Mae Keeping Its Outlook Steady

The April Economic and Housing Outlook report from Fannie Mae paints a steady picture of an economy the GSE expects to give no big surprises. The combination of potential political unrest home and abroad and a smoothly growing housing market are keeping the GSE’s predictions on the safe side. Still, housing is a significant bright spot this year.

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Latest Report Shows Drop in Housing Confidence

Surveys show a March slump in consumer confidence after gains in the previous two months. Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index cited concerns about the economy, job status, and income among the factors contributing to the backslide in confidence. Those expecting mortgage rates to rise also rose in a manner comparable to 2013 numbers.

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Fannie Mae: Education & Homeownership Linked

According to a paper released by Fannie Mae on Thursday, educational attainment can increase the likelihood a young adult will buy a home. The paper’s findings showed a decrease in young adult homeownership since the Great Recession, as well as a dip in the likelihood of a 25- to 34-year-old to buy a home.

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FHFA, GSEs Make Progress on 2016 Goals

According to a Progress Report released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Wednesday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have made significant movement on goals set forth by FHFA in the 2016 Scorecard. The report notes credit risk transfer programs that reduce taxpayer risk and improved access to credit as just a few of the developments in the last year.

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Lender Optimism High, Profits Low

Fannie Mae’s survey respondents point to competition from other lenders and market trend changes, such as a shift from refinance to purchases, as top reasons for low profit margins. However, respondents point to government regulatory compliance, a historically top reason for lenders’ decreased profit outlooks, as a lesser reason.

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A Tipping Point

With proposals to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac popping up as part of an overall housing makeover, government and industry officials weigh the risks and rewards of various plans carefully since few are calling for wholesale reform. This select print feature originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of MReport magazine.

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Fannie Mae Announces First CIRT Transactions of the Year

The two transactions will retain risk for the first 50 basis points of loss on an $18.1 billion loan pool and a $2.3 billion loan pool. The loan pools covered consist of 30-year fixed-rate loans with loan-to-value ratios greater than 60-percent and less than or equal to 80 percent, all acquired by Fannie Mae from January 2016 through July 2016.

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