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Statement of FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt on the Final Joint Agency Rule on Risk Retention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/21/2014

“Finalizing this rule represents a major step forward to providing greater certainty to the housing finance market and paves the way for increased participation by the private sector. Aligning the Qualified Residential Mortgage standard with the existing Qualified Mortgage definition also means more clarity for lenders and encourages safe and sound lending to creditworthy borrowers. Lenders have wanted and needed to know what the new rules of the road are and this rule defines them.”​

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $5.6 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions.​

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Stefanie Johnson (202) 649-3030 / ​Corinne Russell (202) 649-3032

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