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GSEs Post Positive Net Income for the First Quarter

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the FHLBanks experienced a substantial increase in their net income for the first quarter. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the Quarterly Performance Report of the Housing GSEs today analyzing the first quarter earnings and other contributing factors that boosted these GSEs’ incomes.

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FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates are Down for May

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their Monthly Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) finding that on a national level, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from April to May, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts.

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Industry Reports Show Upward Trends in Home Sales and Prices

The housing market is showing no signs of slowing down as new single-family home sales in May 2015 rose 2.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000, the highest rate since February 2008, according to new residential sales data released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD.

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FHFA Finds Refinance Volume is Up but Mortgage Rates Remain Low

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More borrowers are looking to revise and replace their old loans and receive new ones with better conditions, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) monthly April 2015 Refinance Report. Refinance volume increased for April 2015, while mortgage rates remained near 20 month lows in March.

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FHFA 2014 Report to Congress Sets Forth GSEs’ and FHLBanks’ Housing Goals

In an effort to inform Congress of the their regulated entities goals, activities, and missions, the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) recently released their 2014 Report to Congress, which examines and reports the activities of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks), and the FHLBanks’ Office of Finance. The agency also reported the goals set forth for the GSEs and FHLBank’s mission and affordable housing programs they offer.

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Senators Request Information from FHFA Concerning Credit Risk Transfers

A bipartisan group of Senate Banking Committee members wrote a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) requesting that the agency expand and provide better transparency of the development of the credit risk transfer programs. These programs shift credit risk from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the private sector, according to a press release.

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FHFA Issues Update on Single Security Initiative

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently issued an update to mortgage-backed security (MBS) structure, also known as Single Security. The new changes to the Single Security structure are based on 23 responses to a “Request for Public Input: Proposed Single Security Structure (RFI)” released in August 2014 by the FHFA.

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FHFA: Stress Tests Reveal How Low House Prices Can Go

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released a new working paper titled, “How Low Can House Prices Go? Estimating a Conservative Lower Bound,” identifying a conservative lower bound for home prices in relation to long-term trend.

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