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FHFA’s Unified MBS Plans Delayed Until 2019

The release of a system designed to unify how Fannie and Freddie use mortgage-backed securities has been put on hold. The FHFA announced Thursday that its ‘Release 2’ plans for a unified MBS strategy will be delayed another year. The agency cited the need for further development before implementation, but FHFA Director Melvin Watt still touted the system’s potential.

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Delinquencies Down, Performance Steady in Q4

According to a recently released report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), foreclosures from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the dawn of conservatorship reached 3.8 million as of Q4 2016. Overall however, serious delinquencies are down, along with short sales and REOs. FHFA also found that that the types of loan modifications offered are being influenced by the increase in home prices over the last couple of years.

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Revised Financial CHOICE Act to Come Soon

Jeb Hensarling first introduced the Financial CHOICE act last summer, in response to the 2010 Dodd-Frank act. The president’s team has already indicated support of the Financial CHOICE Act, which, among other things, would modify aspects of Dodd-Frank and help to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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A First Look At February Delinquency Data

The total national loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) fell to 4.31 percent, a 0.98 percent decline, in February. This is a year-over-year drop from last year of 5.51 percent. Foreclosure sales dropped month-over-month to 1.87 percent, a decline of 16.23 percent, but increased year-over-year by 0.22 percent.

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Financial Regulation in the Trump Era

With a new administration at the helm, everyone expects plenty of change to happen, particularly in financial regulation and the lending industry. Regulatory entities are already a high-priority focus for President Trump, most notably the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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