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20 Percent of Optimal Households Failing to Refinance

Houses lose out on big money when they fail to take advantage of low interests and refinance. For example, a household with a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage of $200,000 at an interest rate of 6.5 percent that refinances when rates fall to 4.5 percent will save over $80,000 in interest payments over the life of the loan, even after including all the typical refinancing costs. Mortgage rates were around 4.7 percent in December 2010, higher than the current rate of 3.5 percent. Still, many homes fail to refinance.

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Mortgage Rates Rise for Third Straight Week, Still Down from December

Mortgage rates are up for the third straight week of February, according to a report released by Freddie Mac on Thursday. However, fixed mortgage rates still remain near late May 2013 lows and numbers released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Thursday show mortgage rates on a month-to-month basis are down in January. According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year FRM rate increased to 3.8 percent from last week’s rate of 3.76 percent.

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FHFA House Price Index Shows 1.4 Percent Increase

U.S. home prices rose for the 14th consecutive quarter by 1.4 percent, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's House Price Index released Thursday. The price increase was seen in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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HARP Volume Down; FHFA Targeting More Potential Customers

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency is still refinancing plenty of loans through Home Affordable Refinance Program ‒‒ in fact more HARP refinances were done in December than in any other month of 2014 ‒‒ but HARP refinances are significantly down from a year ago, even if FHFA believes it has many more potential customers out there.

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Morgan Stanley Makes Bid to Squash FHFA Suits

FHFA, which is suing on behalf of the RMBS pools' trustees, claims that Morgan Stanley committed a breach of contract by failing to buy back the poor performing loans, which were pooled into securities and sold to Freddie Mac in 2007, according to reports.

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FHFA Chief Discusses GSE Profits, Other Issues with Reporters

In a meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Mel Watt, former U.S. representative and chief of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since December 2013, discussed a number of key issues facing the GSEs and the agency, touching on topics ranging from recently introduced low down payment programs to the often debated subject of principal reduction for struggling homeowners.

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