Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Adjusts Deadline for Purchase of Qualified Loans Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-09-24 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save About Author: Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Thursday announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend the purchases of qualified loans in forbearance, as well as other previously introduced loan-origination flexibilities related to the national pandemic crisis, until October 31. The special accommodations, which the agency says are aimed at “ensuring continued support for borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency,” were formerly set to expire at the end of this month.A recap of the originally published “flexibilities”:The FHFA has temporarily approved the buying of “certain single-family mortgages in forbearance that meet specific eligibility criteria set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” according to the original announcement. At the time, FHFA Director Calabria said, ““Extending [the GSEs]’ ability to purchase these previously ineligible loans will help provide liquidity to mortgage markets. That said, to make homeownership sustainable, lenders have a responsibility to ensure that borrowers can make their monthly mortgage payment.” The full explanation of this provision was updated at the end of August.The FHFA on March 23 instructed the GSEs to ease standards for property appraisals. Changes included more-flexible underwriting guidelines, which allow exterior-only inspection appraisals or desktop appraisals. The FHFA at the time said the measures mean to support the secondary mortgage market’s immediate liquidity needs.The FHFA instructed Fannie and Freddie to loosen verification of employment requirements.Back in March, a representative from the Mortgage Bankers Association spoke with Arkansas news outlet TalkBusiness.net about the appraisal and employment-verification flexibilities.Finally, the FHFA will expand the use of power of attorney to assist with loan closings. Fannie answers FAQs related to power of attorney on its website.”We have expanded the transaction types that are eligible for a party with a connection to the transaction to serve as attorney-in-fact, including an employee of the title insurance company providing the title insurance policy,” Fannie Mae noted. “In addition to limited cash-out refinances, which are currently permitted in the Selling Guide, this exception now also applies to purchase transactions.”The agency noted in each statement that it will continue to monitor development and update its policies when necessary. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Serious Mortgage Delinquency Rates on the Rise Next: Where Each Presidential Candidate Stands on Housing September 24, 2020 1,392 Views FHFA Adjusts Deadline for Purchase of Qualified Loans Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
The British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station is located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica, where it is potentially vulnerable to calving events. Existing historical records show that the Brunt Ice Shelf is currently extended further into the Weddell Sea than it was before its last large calving event, so a new calving event may be overdue. We describe three different possible future scenarios for a large-scale calving event on Brunt Ice Shelf, and conclude that the currently most threatening scenario for the Halley Research Station is a calving event on the neighbouring Stancomb–Wills Glacier Tongue, with subsequent detrimental consequences for the stability of the Brunt Ice Shelf. Based on available data, we suggest an increasing likelihood of this scenario occurring after 2020. We furthermore describe ongoing monitoring efforts aimed at giving advanced warning of an imminent calving event.
LGPS Central was set up to pool the assets of nine local government pension schemes based in the Midlands. They have around £44bn in assets under management collectively, with LGPS Central currently responsible for advising and managing around £20bn of this total. LGPS Central has selected Fidelity and Neuberger Berman from over 70 fund managers bidding to run a global investment grade corporate bond fund for the UK public pension pool.The two managers will be responsible for half of the mandate each. LGPS Central did not disclose the size of the total mandate, but in November it tendered for a £2bn (€2.2bn) fund.Gordon Ross, investment director for fixed income at LGPS Central, said it chose Fidelity and Neuberger Berman “because of their global reach as well as their strong presence in the UK”.“It’s clear they follow robust processes that are repeatable across all credit markets,” he added. “We’re certain they will help us to ensure our partner funds’ investment objectives are met.” “We’re certain [these managers] will help us to ensure our partner funds’ investment objectives are met”Gordon Ross, fixed income investment director, LGPS CentralLast month, the pool launched a private equity platform targeting £2bn. In January it named three emerging market equity managers for a £1.5bn mandate, and last year it launched a £2bn global active equity fund. Around a quarter of the £274.6bn assets held by local authority pension funds in the UK are now pooled in some form. A recent consultation paper from the government set out a new “deadline” for pooling of 2020, after which all new investments by individual pension funds must utilise one of the pools, with few exceptions. Further readingLGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply A consultation paper sent out by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in January to LGPS funds has heightened tensions between policymakers and pension funds, reports Nick Reeve