Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $1,182 on each loan they originated in the fourth quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning.
The Federal Reserve, in its most aggressive actions to date, announced further steps yesterday to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including actions strongly advocated for over the weekend by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
FHFA Authorizes GSEs to Support Additional Liquidity in Secondary Mortgage Market; Provide Flexibility in Appraisals, Employment Verifications
The Federal Housing Finance Agency yesterday issued two directives to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—one to enter into additional dollar roll transactions to provide mortgage-backed securities investors with short-term financing of their positions; and the other to provide alternative flexibilities to satisfy appraisal requirements and employment verification requirements.
Six federal agencies on Sunday issued a joint statement encouraging financial institutions to “work constructively” with borrowers affected by the coronavirus pandemic and said they “will not criticize” loan modifications made in a “safe and sound” manner.
How the health, social and economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak flow through to commercial and multifamily properties remains clouded in uncertainty – mainly because of the uncertainty about the virus itself and our public and private responses to it. One thing that is clear is that different property types and different markets will be affected differently.