Freddie Mac

FHFA Sues Wells Fargo Regarding Underwriting of RMBS

 

On June 3, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (Wells Fargo) (as successor to Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC (Wachovia)), alleging a violation of Section 11 of the Securities Act. FHFA’s lawsuit alleges losses resulting from Wachovia’s underwriting of two NovaStar securitizations purchased in 2006. FHFA alleges that Freddie Mac was misled about the quality of the loans in the bond deals, and that Wachovia, which Wells Fargo acquired in 2008, participated in drafting the registration statements at issue. These registration statements allegedly contained material misstatements and omissions. FHFA further alleges that its claims are timely because of various tolling agreements entered into between FHFA, Freddie Mac and Wells Fargo. The two deals at issue in FHFA’s Complaint are among six securitizations subject to a $165 million class-action settlement between investors and underwriters, including Wells Fargo, from 2017. FHFA has made multiple unsuccessful bids to be excluded from the settlement, including an appeal that the Second Circuit denied in January of this year, where it argued that the settlement would infringe on the agency’s statutorily-authorized conservatorship powers. FHFA has since filed another appeal, which the agency contends permits it to pursue the claims in this Complaint against Wells Fargo.

FHFA Requests Input on FHFA’s Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022

 

On September 27, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency requested comment on its proposed strategic plan, which “…reflects the Agency’s priorities as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac[.]” Release.

FHFA Requests Public Input on Duty to Serve Program

 

On January 18, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA“) announced its request for public comment on (i) proposed chattel loan pilot initiatives for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and (ii) the expectations and evaluation criteria the FHFA should use in relation to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s effectiveness in fulfilling its duty to assist very low, low and moderate income families in the manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation and rural housing categories (pursuant to the Duty to Serve provisions in the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008). Release.

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017

 

On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The maximum loan limit for one-unit properties in 2017 will increase from $417,000 to $424,100 for most of the United States. In certain higher-cost areas, there will be a higher loan limit. Release. A list of the 2017 maximum conforming loan limits for all counties and county‑equivalent areas in the country can be found here.

FHFA Further Adjusts Multifamily Lending Caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

 

On August 18, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) announced an additional increase to the 2016 multifamily lending caps for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The caps for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were raised from $35 billion to $36.5 billion, effective immediately. Press release.

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps

On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35 billion.  The increase is based on growing estimates of the overall size of the multifamily finance market. Release.

FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Independent Dispute Resolution Program

On February 2, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have implemented an independent dispute resolution process for resolving repurchase disputes.  The process would allow lenders to submit their unresolved loan level disputes to an arbitrator after certain other processes have been exhausted.  Press Release.

FHFA Finalizes House Price Index Measure for Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

On October 19, 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a Final Notice indicating that it will continue to use “expanded-data” House Price Index when establishing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s maximum conforming loan limits.  Release.