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Refi-Dominated Market Giving Way to Purchases

The originations market has been dominated by refinances for some time, but purchases are beginning to make a comeback, according to Ellie Mae's latest Origination Insight Report. Refinances made up just over half the market in June, with 51 percent of loan applicants seeking refinances. This is down from 58 percent in May and 54 percent in June of last year. Purchases closed one day faster than refinances in June (46 days compared to 47), though both categories took longer to close in June than they did in May, according to the report.

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Agencies Propose More Exemptions for Appraisal Rules

In a joint release, six federal financial regulators proposed exemptions from Dodd-Frank appraisal requirements for loans of $25,000 or less, certain streamlined refinancings, and certain loans secured by manufactured housing. Those exemptions would join others already laid out earlier this year. According to the release, the proposed exemptions "are intended to save borrowers time and money and to promote the safety and soundness and creditors."

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Affordable Housing Group Files Suit Against FHFA

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is facing a lawsuit from a housing group for allegedly failing to uphold the GSEs' obligations to make contributions to a housing trust fund. The National Low Income Housing Coalition announced the suit Tuesday. According to the group, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have not met their requirements to pay into the National Housing Trust Fund. Law requires the enterprises to transfer a portion of the value of their new business into the fund, though it was suspended in 2008.

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Fannie, Freddie Rated as ‘Critical Concerns’ for FHFA

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) labeled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as "critical concerns" in the composite rating category for 2012. FHFA noted the GSEs generated positive annual income in 2012, a first since 2006, with Fannie Mae bringing in more than $17 billion in earnings and Freddie Mac reporting net income of $11 billion in 2012. Credit risk, though, remained a critical concern for the GSEs, unchanged from 2011. The report also noted that troubled assets are still at high levels.

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