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Senate Finalizes Deal on Disaster Aid Package
Politico, May 23, 2019--Marianne Levine, Burgess EverettThe multi-billion dollar disaster aid bill, which will assist states devastated by wildfires, hurricanes and flooding, comes after months of roadblocks.
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Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue their Slide, Falling for the Fourth Week in a Row
Washington Post, May 23, 2019--Kathy OrtonFixed mortgage rates didn't go down much, but they did go down for the fourth week in a row. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average slipped to 4.06 percent with an average 0.5 point. (MBA mention)
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Banker Indicted for Allegedly Giving Loans to Paul Manafort for Help Getting Trump Job
Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2019--Nicole Hong (subscription)Stephen M. Calk, who ran Federal Savings Bank in Chicago and served as a former campaign adviser to President Trump, was indicted Thursday for allegedly giving $16 million in loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in exchange for Manafort's help in soliciting a high-level position within the Trump administration.
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House Passes Waters’ Bill to Reverse Mulvaney’s CFPB Changes
National Mortgage Professional, May 23, 2019--Phil HallThe House voted along party lines 231 to 191 to approve the Consumers First Act, a bill authored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, designed to reverse structural changes made to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while Mick Mulvaney was the agency's Acting Director.
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Four Indicted in GSE Multifamily Mortgage Fraud Scheme
National Mortgage News, May 23, 2019--Bonnie Sinnock (subscription)The 114-count superseding indictment alleges three people associated with real estate investor Morgan Management--CEO Robert Morgan, Project Manager Todd Morgan and Director of Finance Michael Tremiti--along with loan brokerage Aurora Capital Advisors' owner Frank Giacobbe all engaged in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Carson Seeks To Clear Up Testimony on Protections for Homeless Transgender People
The Hill, May 23, 2019--Jordan FabianHousing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday sought to clarify his testimony to a House committee about the Trump administration's plans to alter protections for homeless transgender people.
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Fannie, Freddie Appraisal Secrecy Hurts First-Time Buyers
Orange County Register, May 23, 2019--Jeff LazersonConsumers pay for home appraisals when taking out a mortgage, but the nation's two biggest mortgage giants keep their database of valuations secret. (MBA mention)
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Government Watchdog Considering Ways to Reduce Federal Costs of Reverse Mortgage Program
HousingWire, May 23, 2019--Jessica GuerinThe Congressional Budget Office released a report Thursday exploring four proposed solutions for lessening the cost and risk of the reverse mortgage program to the federal government. Reverse mortgages are insured by the Federal Housing Administration.
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Should Fannie, Freddie Be Labeled ‘Systemically Important?’
American Banker, May 23, 2019--Victoria Finkle (subscription)One of the bigger questions is whether the GSEs should be considered systemically important. Although this is a topic that has largely flown under the radar up to now, it may take on new significance under a Trump-guided Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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MAA Quarterly Advocacy Update May 28
The Mortgage Action Alliance Quarterly Advocacy Update takes place Tuesday, May 28 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.
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