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FHFA’s loan-fee bump buoys PLS market


The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s announcement last week that it will hike upfront fees for high-balance and second-home loans effective April 1 will provide a boost for the private-label securities market, according to executives at one of the leading sponsors of private-label securities.

In fact, FHFA’s new fee structure for government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is expected to largely offset the effects of other recent policy changes that were projected to be a drag on the secondary market in 2022, according to Dashiell Robinson, president of Mill Valley, California-based Redwood Trust.

“We do view the announcement to be details ⇒

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