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Can Hispanics Bridge the Homeownership Gap?

Hispanics are a historically underrepresented market when it comes to homeownership, according to a recent report released by Freddie Mac. This gap is getting smaller—but it begs the question, who makes up the Hispanic population, and will the gap continue to close over time?

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Big Changes Could Soon Be Coming to The Enterprises

Two Senators are drafting legislation that could potentially break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to Bloomberg, in an effort to increase competitiveness in the secondary mortgage market? How do they plan on doing this, and what repercussions might legislation such as this have on the mortgage finance industry?

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Fannie Mae Reduces Risk Pool

Fannie Mae is making moves again—this time it has completed its second set of traditional Credit Insurance Risk Transfer. Read on to find the amount of coverage the GSE received and the terms of the deal.

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Is Freddie Fattening Up its Portfolio

Freddie Mac’s belt is getting a little bit tighter as its portfolio increases yet again. But while it certainly rose over last month, the portfolio’s growth is nothing compared to a few months prior. So what does that mean for the long-term health of the GSE?

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OCC Head Has Ideas to Help Smaller Banks

When it comes to regulatory reform, smaller community banks should be a prime concern, according to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika. Noreika said as much in his address of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Thursday. He also laid out several steps lawmakers can take to lower barriers of entry and expand opportunities for community banks across the country.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

A bill by Representative Tom Emmer (R-Min) that would increase the reporting threshold under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act for open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgages was introduced Tuesday. This isn’t the first legislation of its kind; several are urging CFPB to provide exemptions from its rules. Many of these requirements will be rolled out after the first of 2018. See what Representative Tom Emmer and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer have in mind.

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Come Together

Despite the fact that many of the nation’s largest banks saw lower profits in the first quarter—compared to the fourth quarter of 2016—and that mortgage demand fell during the same period, industry surveys show lender confidence is high that 2017 will be a good year for home finance.

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Agencies Release CRA-Eligible List

Close to 5,000 U.S. areas are eligible for consideration under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), according to a list released by several government agencies on Wednesday. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released their joint list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies today, which pinpoints the thousands of low- and moderate-income CRA-eligible communities across the nation. Enacted in 1977, the Community Reinvestment Act encourages banks to better meet the needs of the communities in which they operate.

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Reconstruction Program Aims to Soften Fallout of Natural Disasters

A recent report examined the success of a Build it Back program, which restores homes destroyed by natural disasters. The program has been mostly successful, but some critics find it lacking in certain areas, such as build times and layout adherence. And even though nearly three-quarters of its docket has been completed, a high dropout rate is still a major struggle.

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