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Brian Collins

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New Plan Would Let FHLBs Accept Expanded Collateral
August 24, 2016 The Federal Housing Finance Agency is seeking to make it easier for Federal Home Loan Banks to accept certain kinds of...

Captive Insurer Ban Takes Toll on Some Home Loan Banks
August 11, 2016 A Federal Housing Finance Agency rule that will force some members of the Federal Home Loan Bank System out next year is...

Hensarling Backs Watchdog's Concerns on Down Payment Assistance Programs
August 8, 2016 The Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found a new ally in his fight to reform the down...

The Secret Sauce to Some Home Loan Bank Earnings
August 4, 2016 Settlements related to court fights over private-label mortgage-backed securities are significantly boosting the bottom lines...

Higher Fee Income Helped Freddie Recover in 2Q
August 2, 2016 Benefiting from higher loan guarantee income and lower derivative losses, Freddie Mac said Tuesday it had made $993 million in...

New Housing Law Offers Homeownership Opportunities for Welfare Recipients
August 2, 2016 President Barack Obama has signed a housing reform bill that will open the door for welfare recipients to use federal rent...

Fannie Eases Requirements for HomeReady Program
July 26, 2016 Fannie Mae is making its housing counseling requirements more flexible so additional borrowers can qualify for its low-down...

Small Banks and CUs Adjusted Well to CFPB Mortgage Rules: GAO
July 25, 2016 Despite fears that increased compliance costs from new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules could drive community...

Payment Reductions Should Continue After HAMP Expires: Regulators
July 25, 2016 Federal regulators warned mortgage servicers Monday that they will still expect them to offer loan modifications to distressed...

FDIC Warns Bankers About High Concentrations of CRE Loans
July 22, 2016 Multifamily family construction is reaching the point where some markets can't absorb the new supply of units.

HUD to Investigate Down Payment Assistance Program Practices
July 21, 2016 HUD reverses course and decides to investigate findings by Inspector General that some DPA programs don't comply with FHA rules.

Private Flood Insurance Bill Has Fannie, Freddie on Edge
July 20, 2016 A private flood insurance bill passed by the House is making Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac uneasy because they fear it could lead...

High Refinancings and Loan Runoffs Raise Issues for FHA
July 19, 2016 Federal Housing Administration borrowers have been refinancing faster than expected, creating a drag on efforts to build up...

FHLB Jumbo Loan Limits Raised to $2.5M
July 18, 2016 The Mortgage Partnership Finance Direct program will now accept larger jumbo mortgages and a wider variety of products...

Senate Passes Bipartisan FHA Condo Reform Bill
July 15, 2016 The Senate approved a bill Thursday by unanimous consent that includes major reforms to the Federal Housing Administration...

Risk Retention Rattles Commercial Mortgage Market
July 15, 2016 Upcoming risk retention requirements may be the proverbial straw that breaks the back of the commercial mortgage-backed...

GOP Grills Castro on Changes to Nonperforming Loan Sales
July 13, 2016 Republican lawmakers put Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on the hot seat Wednesday,...

FHFA: Freddie on Track to Use Common Securities Platform
July 7, 2016 Freddie Mac is on track to issue mortgage-backed securities via a common securities platform by the end of this year,...

Small Lenders Fear Fannie, Freddie Credit Risk Transfer Plan
July 5, 2016 The Federal Housing Finance Agency has opened the door to experimenting with front-end credit risk transfer transactions, but...

FHFA Report Highlights Results of GSEs' Nonperforming Loan Sales
July 1, 2016 Fannie and Freddie regulator's first report on NPL sales shows more borrowers avoid foreclosures when their loans are sold to...

Moving Money Across Borders, Phone to Phone
Bill Barhydt, founder of startup Abra, explains how his company's mobile app uses bitcoin as a payment rail for cross-border remittances while solving the foreign exchange risk and last-mile problem that have hampered adoption of the cryptocurrency.
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