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House Prioritizes Housing Finance Reform

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On October 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing on possible housing finance reform measures titled “Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Director of the...more

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Agencies Propose Simplifying Regulatory Capital Rules - On September 27, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a proposed...more

FHFA Requests Input on FHFA’s Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022

On September 27, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency requested comment on its proposed strategic plan, which “…reflects the Agency’s priorities as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as regulator and...more

Appraisal Groups Seek To Prevent Appraisal Waivers

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35 appraiser organizations including the Appraisal Institute are asking Congress to prevent Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae from issuing appraisal waivers. Freddie and Fannie recently announced plans to no longer require...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - DOJ Emphatically Ends Operation Chokepoint. After four years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the formal end of its controversial Operation Chokepoint initiative. Launched in 2013, Operation...more

National Lender Settles False Claims Act Allegations with DOJ for Over $74 Million

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?On August 8, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a national lender agreed to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. The settlement resolves allegations that the lender originated and...more

FHFA announces reopening and second extension of comment period for LEP RFI

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that it has reopened and extended until September 1, 2017 the comment period on its Request for Input on improving language access in mortgage lending and servicing.  The FHFA...more

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FHFA Updates Progress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Programs - On July 26, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released an update on the credit risk transfer programs of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae...more

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Financial Industry Developments - FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland - On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA"), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...more

FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland

On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA“), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced it had reached a settlement with Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, related companies and specifically...more

Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposes GSE Goals

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) has proposed new single-family and multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, the “GSEs”) for 2018-2020....more

FHFA extends comment period for LEP RFI

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that it has extended until July 31, 2017 the comment period on its Request for Input on improving language access in mortgage lending and servicing....more

Industry groups ask FHFA to extend comment period for LEP RFI

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A group of eight trade associations has sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) asking the FHFA to extend by at least 45 days the comment period on the FHFA’s Request for Input (RFI) on improving language...more

SDNY Grants Defendant GreenPoint Mortgage Summary Judgment

On March 29, 2017, Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Defendant GreenPoint Mortgage Funding, Inc.’s (“GreenPoint“) motion for summary judgment,...more

The Trump Administration: President Trump Issues Executive Actions on Dodd-Frank and the DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed two executive actions intended to provide a framework for scaling back the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) and rescinding or revising the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule.”...more

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Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

FHFA Requests Public Input on Duty to Serve Program

On January 18, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA“) announced its request for public comment on (i) proposed chattel loan pilot initiatives for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and (ii) the expectations and...more

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FHFA Issues Final Rule on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Duty to Serve Underserved Markets - On December 13, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a final rule implementing the Duty to Serve provisions...more

FHFA Issues Final Rule on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Duty to Serve Underserved Markets

On December 13, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a final rule implementing the Duty to Serve provisions mandated by the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended...more

FHFA Final Rule on Duty to Serve Allows GSEs to Receive Credit for Manufactured Housing Chattel Loans

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) amended the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 by, among other things, establishing the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). FHFA...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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As anticipated, the Fed raised its benchmark interest yesterday (for only the second time since the 2008 financial crisis) to somewhere between .5 and .75 percent and, perhaps more critically, revealed its expectation for...more

FHFA Announces Increases in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for First Time in 10 Years

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 will increase to $424,100 from $417,000. While the increase is...more

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FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017

On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The maximum loan limit for one-unit properties...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Appointment

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in...more

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