The top economists at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are expecting a strong second half not only for mortgage originations in general but also for their own enterprises.

"We're revising our forecast upward a bit. We were revising almost daily recently," said Robert Van Order of Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. "I originally guessed originations would drop to around $600 billion this year. Now I'm thinking $625 billion to $650 billion."

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