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March 16, 2014
17:51 EDTFNMA, FMCCSens. Johnson and Crapo release housing finance reform text
The Senate Banking Committee announced in a press release on its website that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo released the legislative text of the bipartisan housing finance reform agreement that they announced last Tuesday. The announcement said in part: "Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo released the legislative text of the bipartisan housing finance reform agreement that they announced last Tuesday. That announcement sparked enthusiasm from the White House, Senators, Members of Congress and key stakeholders recognizing the agreement as a positive step forward in reforming our housing finance system. Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Crapo plan to hold a committee markup in the coming weeks. They took rare action in releasing the text over the weekend in an effort to balance the Committee Members’ interests in having adequate time to review the legislation while advancing housing finance reform in a timely manner." “Chairman Johnson and I have produced a comprehensive, bipartisan plan that winds down these too-big-to-fail entities, protects taxpayers by putting strong capital in a first-loss position, and provides broad access to mortgages for eligible borrowers,” said Ranking Member Crapo. “There is broad support to fix our flawed housing system, and today’s actions are a strong step toward ending the status quo.” The press release continued: "The housing market accounts for nearly twenty percent of the American economy, so it is critical that we have a strong and stable system that is built to last. The status quo in which Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) remain in conservatorship is not a viable option for our nation’s housing finance system." Reference Link
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March 24, 2015
07:19 EDTFMCC, FNMAOcwen to sell additional $25B portfolio to Nationstar
Ocwen Financial (OCN) announced that its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing and Nationstar Mortgage, an indirectly-held, wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) have agreed in principle to the sale by Ocwen of residential mortgage servicing rights on a portfolio consisting of approximately 142,000 loans owned by Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) with a total principal balance of approximately $25B. Subject to a definitive agreement, approvals by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHFA and other customary conditions, Ocwen and Nationstar expect the transaction to close before mid-year.
March 18, 2015
11:36 EDTFMCCOcwen intends to sell $9.6B portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Green Tree
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07:22 EDTFMCC, FNMAFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae could need more bailouts, WSJ says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) might be at risk of needing additional bailouts, due to weak Q4 earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a watchdog. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
13:10 EDTFNMAJPMorgan could acquire Ocwen's Fannie MSR portfolio, IMF reports
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08:26 EDTFMCC, FNMAFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae begin legal battle against Nomura, RBS, NY Post says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) alleged in court proceedings Monday that they bought "bad" mortgages because they were mislead by banks, reports the New York Post, citing court arguments. Monday was the first day of the lawsuit against Nomura (NMR) and co-defendant Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) which seeks $1B in damages as well as the ability to return the securities to the banks. Lawyers presented internal bank emails that identified some mortgages as "crap" or from "extremely dysfunctional" lenders, while the banks alleged that they fully disclosed the poor quality of the products. Reference Link

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