MBA Objects to GSE ‘Adverse Market Refinance Fee’

The Federal Housing Finance Agency yesterday authorized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to impose an “Adverse Market Refinance Fee”—a 50 basis-point fee on most refinance mortgages, effective Sept. 1. The after-hours announcements drew a strong rebuke from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

FHFA Leaves 2021 GSE Housing Goals Unchanged

With current housing goals set to expire in December, and amid economic uncertainty stemming from the lingering coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Housing Finance Agency yesterday left 2021 housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unchanged from the previous three years.

FHFA Extends GSE Loan Processing Flexibilities Through Aug. 31

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced yesterday that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend several loan origination flexibilities until August 31 to ensure continued support for borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency.

GSEs Extend Multifamily Forbearance

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow servicers to extend forbearance agreements for multifamily property owners with existing forbearance agreements.

Industry Briefs June 30, 2020

Roostify, San Francisco, announced a partnership with Factual Data as part of an expansion that will allow loan officers to run borrower credit and view findings within the Roostify platform.

MBA Letter Urges FHFA to Diversify FHLB System Membership Base

The Mortgage Bankers Association, in a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria, urged FHFA to expand membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system to include captive insurers, including mortgage real estate investment trusts and independent mortgage banks.

Industry Briefs June 16, 2020

To help limited English proficiency borrowers who are experiencing mortgage-related difficulties due to the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency added new translations to the Mortgage Translations website. Site visitors can now choose English, Spanish, traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Tagalog when accessing scripts that servicers use when discussing COVID-19 forbearance with borrowers.