Friday, February 6, 2009

Fannie/Freddie Friday Links

Fannie Mae to Loosen Refinancing Rules (Washington Post 2/06)
"The District company, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the $12 trillion in U.S. residential mortgage debt, is seeking to break a "logjam" in refinancing and allow more homeowners to take advantage of near-record low interest rates, according to Brian Faith, a spokesman for Fannie Mae, which like its rival, Freddie Mac, is under government control."

Fannie Mae sent out email notification of the "enhancements" on Wednesday. Their announcement can be viewed HERE (pdf).

Complexes with many deadbeats may lose out on Fannie Mae loans (, 2/02)
"Yet another barrier to landing a mortgage after the housing crash: Mortgage giant Fannie Mae isn't buying loans backed by condos in developments where more than 15 percent of unit owners are behind on their monthly fees."

Feds say virus plot could have destroyed all Fannie Mae data (USA Today, 1/30)
"The Justice Department says it has foiled an alleged plan by a fired Fannie Mae contract employee to unleash a virus that would have destroyed data on all of the finance company's 4,000 computers on Saturday, the Associated Press reports."

Fixed Mortgage Rates Rise to 5.25%, Freddie Mac says (Bloomberg, 2/05)

Freddie Mac launches plan for high-risk loans (, 2/04)
"A selected portfolio of higher risk mortgages that are at least 60 days delinquent will handed off to a specialty servicer for intensive attention using Freddie Mac’s workout opportunities."

Freddie Mac to keep borrowers in foreclosed homes (LA Times, 1/31)
"Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage finance institution, said Friday that it would allow some borrowers whose houses are in foreclosure to remain in their homes as renters. The new policy's direct effect will be modest. Freddie Mac has only about 8,500 properties in foreclosure, and many are vacant. Nationwide, various estimates place the number of homes in foreclosure at more than 2 million."

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