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Mortgage rates held steady amidst rising fears of a global economic recession and mixed sentiment towards trade. U.S inflation muddied the waters…
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.6% during the week ending Aug. 15, unchanged from the previous week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. The last time mortgage rates were lower was in early November 2016. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage increased two basis points to an average of 3.07%, according to Freddie Mac (FMCC) .
An escalation in the U.S – China trade war and negative business sentiment weighed on mortgage rates. Any near-term upside will be limited at best.
‘There is a tug of war in the financial markets between weaker business sentiment and consumer sentiment.’
Borrowing costs on U.S. fixed-rate mortgages fell to their lowest level since November 2016 in step with a dramatic drop in bond yields due to trade and economic worries, Freddie Mac said on Thursday. Fears about a global downturn, stoked by trade tensions between China and the United States, had set off a rush out of stocks and into low-risk U.S. government bonds since last week before that move subsided on Thursday. "Business sentiment is declining on negative trade and manufacturing headlines, but consumer sentiment remains buoyed by a strong labor market and low rates that will continue to drive home sales into the fall,” Freddie Mac's chief economist Sam Khater said in a statement.
Mortgage rates stayed steady, according to data released on Thursday, as the Federal Reserve considers further interest-rate cuts after its first reduction in a decade.
The agency posted net income of $3.452 billion, compared with $4.457 billion a year ago. Fannie Mae recorded a loss of $754 million on the fair value of its derivatives, compared with a $229 million gain in the same quarter of 2018. The two government-sponsored enterprises have handed over their profits to the U.S. Treasury under the terms of the conservatorship.
Freddie Mac's net income fell in the second quarter from a year-ago due to derivative losses, while it expects to pay the U.S. Treasury Department $1.8 billion in dividends by September, the mortgage finance agency said on Wednesday. Freddie's common share price fell to the lowest since mid-January on above-average volume. Losses on its derivatives, which Freddie uses to hedge the risks on the loans and securities it owns and guarantees, reached $2.089 billion in second quarter.
Minority and low-income prospective buyers could be especially hard-hit by a policy change at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
U.S mortgage rates fell back as the markets continued to price in a FED rate cut next week. This week’s FOMC and the U.S – China trade talks will be in focus.
President Donald Trump's administration faces a growing list of hurdles that could scuttle its ambitions to remove U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from their government lifeline. Fannie and Freddie have been in conservatorship since they were bailed out during the 2008 financial crisis. In March, the administration said it was devising a plan to put them back on their feet, raising market hopes that the pair might seek a jumbo initial public offering as early as next year.
U.S. regulators said on Thursday they plan to end an exemption for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that permits them to back risky mortgages, a move that would reduce the government's footprint in the housing market, potentially increasing borrowing costs. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will allow that exemption to expire at the beginning of 2021 but may extend it for a short time "to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition," the agency said. CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger said ending the exemption would ensure fair competition across the mortgage market.
Mortgage rates were on the rise once more, though they could come under pressure should tension in the Middle East rise further…
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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - The Trump administration's hotly anticipated blueprint for overhauling mortgage guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may not be published until September as the U.S. Treasury juggles several other pressing issues, the housing regulator told Reuters. Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees the government-sponsored enterprises, said in an interview it was his "hope" that they would have exited or be ready to exit conservatorship before his term ends in 2024. Calabria's comments will temper market expectations for a speedy overhaul of Fannie and Freddie before the 2020 presidential election.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will eventually halt purchases of U.S. home loans linked to the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) as that index is set to be phased out after 2021, Mark Calabria, the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told Reuters on Wednesday. LIBOR is referenced against $200 trillion worth of U.S. financial products, primarily in interest rate derivatives. There are roughly $1 trillion in adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), or about 6.5% of all U.S. home loans outstanding, which are reset against it.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will eventually halt purchases of U.S. home loans linked to the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) as that index is set to be phased out after 2021, Mark Calabria, the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told Reuters on Wednesday. LIBOR is referenced against $200 trillion worth of U.S. financial products, primarily in interest rate derivatives. "We have not yet told Fannie and Freddie to stop buying LIBOR ARMs, but that is a day that will come," FHFA director Mark Calabria told Reuters.
Yahoo Finance's Julie Hyman, Brian Cheung, and Pras Subramanian join Ed DeMarco, Housing Policy Council President.
Fannie Mae reported its quarter two earnings, showing a drop year-over-year and a dividend payout of $3.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury. Former Fannie Mae executive, Tim Rood, who's also the managing director at SitusAMC, says 'the government has lotted' Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He joins Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita.