Bonnie Sinnock is the capital markets editor of National Mortgage News. She has been writing for National Mortgage News since 1995. She also has worked on other SourceMedia publications as an editor and a reporter. Previous to joining SourceMedia, her work appeared in publications that included the Los Angeles Times and the The Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.
Fannie Mae's first-quarter profits were enough for it to rebuild its minimum capital buffer and pay the Treasury Department dividend after being forced to take a draw during the previous fiscal period.
If Freddie Mac's credit-risk transfer activities continue to grow, mortgage lenders could eventually see a reduction in the guarantee fees they pay to the government-sponsored enterprise, according to CEO Donald Layton.
Banks would welcome a proposal to loosen Basel III capital restrictions because it would make holding mortgage servicing rights easier and stem the recent exodus of depositories from the servicing business, executives said.