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FHFA Announces Reversal of Plans to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Early last week, recently-appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Melvin L. Watt, announced plans to keep GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac going strong. This new strategy is in stark contrast to the...more

Strategies for Handling Mortgage Repurchase Demands

Mortgage repurchase demands are par for the course in the world of mortgage lending, but they should not be ignored. Before you act, consider the following strategies for handling mortgage repurchase demands. Mortgage...more

House Republicans Urge FHFA Not To Direct GSEs To Start Contributing To Affordable Housing Funds Established By HERA

On April 2, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), joined by Congressmen Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Ed Royce (R-CA), urged FHFA Director Mel Watt to continue the FHFA’s five-year-old policy of...more

Recently Unveiled “HOME Forward” Housing Act May Signal the End of Fannie and Freddie

Momentum in housing-finance reformation picked up speed last month as the House Financial Services Committee unveiled the proposed Housing Opportunities Move the Economy (HOME) Forward Act of 2014. The proposed HOME Forward...more

Commercial Mortgage Options Expanding – Borrowers to Benefit?

Anyone working in the commercial real estate mortgage industry in the past five or six years is eager for signs of a sustained recovery. Having just returned from the Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate...more

Federal Government Seeks Higher Penalties In GSE Fraud Case

On January 29, the DOJ filed a supplemental brief in support of its claim for civil penalties following a jury verdict it obtained last October in the first case alleging violations of FIRREA in connection with loans sold to...more

Derivative Suit Filed Against JPMorgan Alleges Culture of Risk

Adding to JPMorgan Chase’s widely publicized recent legal woes, shareholder Bradley P. Miller filed a derivative suit against the bank and its directors in California federal court on January 23, 2014, as a result of the $20...more

Homebuilders And Their Affiliates: Unexpected Tie-In Issues May Be Lurking

From my work defending mortgage loan originators, including many homebuilder captives, against mortgage repurchase and indemnification claims, as well in my role as an editor of Bilzin Sumberg’s Mortgage Crisis Watch, I have...more

Legislative Proposals to Reform the GSEs

Two bills have emerged as dueling proposals to reform the GSEs: the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Reform Act (the “Corker-Warner Bill”) in the Senate, and the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act of 2013...more

DOJ Secures Jury Verdict In First GSE Civil Fraud Suit

On October 23, a jury found a bank liable on one civil mortgage fraud charge arising out of a program operated by a lender the bank had acquired. The jury also found against a former executive of the acquired lender....more

JOBS 2.0 Hearing Rescheduled

On October 24, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs will hold a hearing on “Legislative Proposals to Reduce Barriers to Capital Formation.” The hearing was originally scheduled for earlier in the month,...more

FHFA Issues Guidance on GSEs Seeking Deficiency Judgments

The FHFA released a bulletin establishing supervisory expectations for deficiency balance management for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In October 2012, the FHFA-OIG released a report on FHFA’s oversight of GSE’s deficiency...more

Housing Finance Reform Efforts Heat Up in Summer Session

This summer has brought a wave of housing finance reform efforts in both chambers of Congress. Legislators are finally proposing ways to downsize and eliminate two housing finance giants – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the...more

Financial Services Policy Forum: Dodd-Frank's Implementation and the Future of GSEs

On Dodd-Frank's third anniversary, it is appropriate to ask if it has all been worth it. Well, I guess it depends on who you ask. If you ask Dodd or Frank, the answer would be yes. If you ask all of the newly hired...more

Washington Insight - August 2013

In This Issue: - Tax Reform: An Insider's View - A Deep Divide Over Corporate Tax Reform - The Current Economic State: An Insider's View - K&S Thought Leadership Event on the 3rd Anniverary of Dodd-Frank -...more

Dechert OnPoint: Residential Mortgage Securitization Update: GSE Reform Bill

A bill was recently introduced in the Senate that could result in the wind-down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Under the bi-partisan “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013”, recently introduced by...more

U.S. Sues Bank of America for Alleged Mortgage Fraud Against GSEs

On October 24, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed suit against Bank of America and Countrywide seeking damages for over $1 billion in alleged losses suffered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac....more

DOJ Files First Civil Fraud Suit Alleging False Claims Act And FIRREA Violations In The Sale Of Loans To Fannie Mae And Freddie...

On October 24, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) filed a $1 billion civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against a mortgage lender and a major financial institution in connection with...more

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