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FHFA OIG Assesses Risks From Smaller Lenders And Nonbank Mortgage Companies

On July 17, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on risks to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) related to purchasing mortgages from smaller lenders and nonbank mortgage companies....more

FHFA Proposes Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements

On July 10, the FHFA sought input on a proposal to establish new eligibility requirements for private mortgage insurers seeking to insure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) mortgages. As described in an overview...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New York's Highest Court Will Review First Department Decision on RMBS Putback Statute of Limitations - On June 27, the Court of Appeals for the State of New York agreed to review the First Department's December 2013...more

Inspector General Report Urges FHFA To Consider Lender-Placed Insurance Suits

On June 25, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that urges the FHFA to consider whether to pursue servicers and insurers for alleged lender-placed insurance (LPI) losses. The OIG cited prior...more

Massachusetts AG Urges FHFA Action On REO Sale Restrictions And Principal Reduction Options

On May 14, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley sent a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt threatening legal action if the FHFA does not direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when they sell a foreclosed property, to...more

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Federal Regulators Issue Proposal on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA and FHFA issued a proposed rule establishing the minimum requirements for mortgage appraisal management companies. An appraisal management company is generally an entity that...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor and the Foreign Exchange market litigation; Credit Suisse’s $885 million mortgage settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Irving...more

Protect Your Mortgage Insurance Rights Now Before It Is Too Late

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced changes to mortgage insurance (MI) master policy requirements. The FHFA has worked with the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to...more

Morgan Stanley and FHFA Reach RMBS Settlement

On February 4, Morgan Stanley disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has agreed, in principle, to a settlement for US$1.25 billion with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to resolve claims pending in the United States...more

FHFA Says Fannie and Freddie Still Take on Risky Mortgages

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have continued to spend billions of dollars on questionable mortgage loans despite previous alerts to potential issues with their appraisals, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector...more

How the Great Recession Has Affected Mortgage Securitization, Servicing, and Homeownership

The house price bubble and the financial crisis exposed significant weaknesses in mortgage underwriting, the packaging of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and the mortgage servicing industry. Over the course of the Great...more

New FHFA Director Takes Immediate Action To Halt G-Fee Increases, Announces Senior Staff Appointments

On January 6, former Congressman Mel Watt was sworn in as director of the FHFA. Two days later, on January 8, the FHFA halted previously announced plans to increase the base guarantee fee (g-fee) for all mortgages by 10 basis...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- January 13, 2014

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Executive Branch; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Last week closed with the long anticipated ability-to-repay and...more

FHFA Proposes Decreased Loan Purchase Limits

On December 16, the FHFA requested public comment on a plan gradually to reduce the maximum size of loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHFA bases the plan on the uncertain future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...more

Federal Regulators Amend Appraisal Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgages

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA, FHFA and HUD finalized the rule governing appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans. In August 2013, the federal regulators issued a proposal to amend Regulation...more

Agencies Finalize Exemptions To Higher-Priced Mortgage Loan Appraisal Requirements

On December 12, the Federal Reserve Board, the CFPB, the FDIC, the FHFA, the NCUA, and the OCC, issued a final rule supplementing their January 2013 interagency appraisal rule. As described in detail in our Special Alert, the...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Agencies Adopt Final Rules Exempting Certain Higher-Price Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements - On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal...more

FHFA Increases Guarantee Fees

On December 9, the FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise guarantee fees (g-fees). Under the directive, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase the base g-fee (or ongoing g-fee) for all mortgages by 10 basis...more

Senate Confirms FHFA Director; FHFA Announces Senior Staff, Organizational Change

On December 10, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) to serve as Director of the FHFA. Once sworn in, Mr. Watt will replace Edward DeMarco, who has led the agency on an “acting” basis for more than...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 16, 2013

Final Rules Implementing the Volcker Rule - On December 10, the Fed, CFTC, FDIC, OCC and SEC issued final rules to implement Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act (the Volcker Rule), which prohibit insured depository...more

FHFA Holds Conforming Loan Limits Steady, Announces Overhauled Mortgage Insurance Master Policy Requirements

On November 26, FHFA announced that 2014 maximum conforming loan limits will remain at $417,000, unchanged from 2013. On December 2, FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac soon will provide guidance to lenders and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

FHFA Announces Changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Mortgage Insurance Master Policy Requirements

On December 2, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed the first major overhaul of mortgage insurance master policy requirements. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with FHFA oversight, addressed gaps in...more

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