Fannie Mae News

Private Mortgage Insurers’ Bigger Slice of Freddie Mac Pie Smaller Than Hoped

Mortgage insurance companies are getting a long-awaited shot at expanding their business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But it’s shaping up to be less lucrative than they had hoped. Freddie Mac on Monday planned to say it will start …

Fannie Mae Calls on Reinsurers to Back Mortgage Pool

Fannie Mae bought insurance to cover a portion of losses on $6.4 billion of home loans in the mortgage giant’s latest effort to share risks with private investors. The policy will cover as much as $193 million of losses on …

FHA Chief Watt Says Force-Placed Home Insurance Changes ‘Tough’

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has yet to deliver on changes to a controversial type of homeowners’ insurance even as its director told the Senate Banking Committee last week that it’s making progress. So-called force-placed insurance, which banks buy to …

Private Insurers Weigh Backing Veterans’ Mortgages

Private insurers are considering a request by U.S. officials to guarantee mortgages for veterans — the fastest growing part of the market. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is urging mortgage insurers that rely on Fannie Mae and Freddie …

Judge Dismisses Mass. AG Coakley’s Federal Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the …

Insurers Could Face Suits Over Fannie-Freddie Insurance Prices

The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will consider suing insurers who charged excessive fees for hazard coverage paid by the two government-owned mortgage companies, an auditor’s report said. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have overpaid about $158 …

Mass. AG Sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Foreclosure Law

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for allegedly violating the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law. The lawsuit alleges the federal housing regulators and the …

Fairholme Offers to Buy Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Mortgage Insurance Business

Fairholme Capital Management has proposed to buy the insurance businesses of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a move that seeks to resolve the uncertain future of the mortgage financiers by freeing them from U.S. government control. Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme said …

Fannie Mae Changing ‘Forced-Place’ Home Insurance Rules

The practice of banks forcing expensive homeowners insurance on borrowers could come to an end after Fannie Mae told lenders it would seek to oversee such policies itself. For many homeowners who are required to buy insurance as a condition …

New York, Federal Office to Cooperate in Mortgage Probes

New York and federal officials will cooperate in investigations of banks bundling mortgages into troubled securities that helped cause the 2008 Wall Street collapse. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Steve Linick, the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, …