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OIG Urges FHFA To Sue Over Force-Placed Insurance

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) is urging the FHFA to sue its servicers and lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) providers because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suffered considerable financial harm in the LPI market, possibly as much as $158 million in 2012 alone from excessively priced insurance coverage. FHFA has been… Continue Reading

FHFA’S 2013 Report Shows Record Income for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, But Earnings Are Likely to Fall

On Friday, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its 2013 Report to Congress, revealing recent GSE milestones but anticipating future problems. The annual report is statutorily-required under the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Sues Fannie and Freddie for Blocking Home Buybacks

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley initiated an action against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for allegedly illegally impeding non-profit foreclosure buyback programs. These buyback programs purchase properties in foreclosure and then resell the properties to the prior owners at an affordable price, helping low-income residents keep their homes…. Continue Reading

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 express goals of his predecessor Edward J. DeMarco, White House officials and other proposed legislation, such as the Housing… Continue Reading

Can Fannie and Freddie Cope Under Pressure?

Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) put Freddie and Fannie to the test, and the results were grim. Dodd-Frank mandated “stress tests,” designed to evaluate a financial institution’s ability to withstand an economic downturn, revealed that in a severe recession Fannie and Freddie could require bailouts of as much as $190 billion, a… Continue Reading

FHFA Mortgage Repurchase Lawsuit Against Credit Suisse Dismissed For Failing To Allow Time For Cure

Rejecting an all-too-common strategy among mortgage investors of “shoot first, talk later,” New York state judge Eileen Bransten has dismissed several mortgage repurchase lawsuits originally filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) against a Credit Suisse affiliate, ruling that the suits were filed before Credit Suisse had an opportunity to repurchase the subject loans or otherwise… Continue Reading

New FHFA Head Will Delay Proposed Mortgage Fee Hike

Former North Carolina congressman and the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Mel Watt, has given the public a sneak peek of how he will lead the FHFA. On December 20 he released a statement expressing his intentions to delay the Agency’s earlier announced plan to increase mortgage fees on loans borrowers seek that… Continue Reading

FHFA Announces $1.9 Billion Settlement With Deutsche Bank

On December 20, 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it will receive settlement payments of $1.925 billion from Deutsche Bank AG in connection with claims of alleged violations of federal and state securities laws related to private-label, residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae… Continue Reading

Forced-Place Insurance Policies May Soon Be Tamed

In an article in today’s DBR by John Pacenti, I weigh in on forced-place insurance policies. The article addresses the new restrictions by the Federal Housing Finance Agency that aim to prohibit mortgage services from being reimbursed for expenses associated with captive reinsurance arrangements. Pacenti also quotes a prior blog post that I co-authored with… Continue Reading

Bank of America and Freddie Mac Settle Mortgage Loan Claims

Add yet another major settlement to the still-growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to settle claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America has now agreed to pay $404 million to Freddie Mac to resolve all repurchase liabilities on home loans that it sold to the government-controlled mortgage company from 2000… Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation Would Curb JP Morgan’s Potential Multi-Billion Dollar Tax Windfall

Late last month, we commented on JP Morgan Chase’s $5.1 billion settlement with the Fair Housing Financing Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Wall Street Journal has since reported that JP Morgan will be able to deduct that entire amount on its 2013 tax returns, allowing the company to reap… Continue Reading

FHFA Restricts Forced-Placed Insurance Practices

We recently commented on JPMorgan Chase’s blockbuster agreement to resolve a class-action lawsuit for $300 million brought by more than a million homeowners nationwide. The dispute centered on allegations that Chase profited by collecting kickbacks from insurance companies for imposing force-placed insurance policies at excessive rates on properties that secured its loans where coverage had… Continue Reading

Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage Claims With FHFA For Close To $1 Billion

Add another mega-settlement to the rapidly growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to federal agencies. Wells Fargo reportedly has now agreed to pay the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, close to $1 billion. The settlement payment will resolve claims that Wells Fargo sold toxic mortgage-backed… Continue Reading

FHFA’s $5.1 Billion Settlements With J.P. Morgan Chase

On October 25, 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it will receive settlement payments of $5.1 billion with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in connection with claims of alleged violations of federal and state securities laws related to private-label, residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie… Continue Reading

Upcoming MBA Regulatory Compliance Conference: September 29 in Washington, D.C.

I will be a panelist at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) upcoming Regulatory Compliance Conference 2013 in Washington, D.C. I will participate in a session on Monday, September 30 at 1.30 p.m. entitled “Addressing Repurchases in the New Rep and Warrant Model.” The session will address the latest developments involving the GSEs and FHFA, as well as private investors.  We… Continue Reading

DOJ and SEC File Suits Against Bank of America

Civil Lawsuits Filed Stop me if you have heard something like this before.  The Department of Justice announced a civil lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that Bank of America defrauded buyers of mortgage-backed securities by lying about the quality of the home loans involved. The Securities and Exchange Commission also announced a parallel case against BofA…. Continue Reading

FHFA Announces Representation and Warranty Framework

Lack of Certainty Facing Lenders Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new “representation and warranty framework” for conventional loans sold or delivered to Fannie and Freddie after January 1, 2013. In a clear acknowledgment of the lack of certainty facing lenders in this era of rampant repurchase demands, the agency’s announcement… Continue Reading