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FHFA Issues Request for Input Over Mortgage English Proficiency

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is looking to the public for input regarding Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in the mortgage lifecycle. LEF borrowers currently face challenges applying for mortgages because they risk not understanding or relying too much on a source that could mislead them. FHFA looks to better understand the experience LEP borrowers have in order to improve support from the mortgage industry.

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Watt & Mnuchin Tackle GSE Reform

On Thursday, both FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin separately addressed the current state of the GSEs. Though Mnuchin discussed the priority of housing finance and regulatory reform in front of the Senate, at an industry conference Watt described the many successes of the FHFA in the last nine years. Watt warned that reforms made during conservatorship should not be ignored by congress during the reworking of housing finance reform.

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FHFA Dives into Diversity and Inclusion

For Melvin L. Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, diversity and inclusion in the mortgage and lending arena is “a business imperative” that goes far beyond political correctness and statutory obligations outlined in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

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Housing Advocates Demand Principal Reduction from FHFA

The issue of principal reduction has returned to the forefront of housing policy in the last month as current FHFA Director Mel Watt recently announced that he would make a decision in the next 30 days as to whether or not to offer principal reduction.

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The Fed’s Disappearing Act

Since the highly anticipated rate hike last year, mortgage interest rates have not moved up as many in the mortgage industry expected, leaving many to wonder what happened to to the so-called increase in rates.

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