July 16, 2014
The Federal Housing Finance Agency released a White Paper on the FHFA Mortgage Analytics Platform. By way of background, the White Paper states that
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) maintains a proprietary Mortgage Analytics Platform to support the Agency’s strategic plan. The objective of this white paper is to provide interested stakeholders with a detailed description of the platform, as it is one of the tools the FHFA uses in policy analysis. The distribution of this white paper is part of a larger effort to increase transparency on mortgage performance and the analytical tools used for policy analysis and evaluation within the FHFA.
The motivation to build the FHFA Mortgage Analytics Platform derived from the Agency’s need for an independent empirical view on multiple policy initiatives. Academic empirical studies may suffer from a lack of high quality data, while empirical work from inside the industry typically represents a specific view. The FHFA maintains several vendor platforms from which an independent view is possible, yet these platforms tend to be inflexible and opaque. The unique role of the FHFA as regulator and conservator necessitated platform flexibility and transparency to carry out its responsibilities.
The FHFA Mortgage Analytics Platform is maintained on a continuous basis; as such, the material herein represents the platform as of the publication date of this document. As resources permit, this document will be up dated to reflect enhancements to the platform. (2)
This platform is a very welcome development for exactly the reasons that the White Paper sets forth. Academics have a very hard time accessing good data on the mortgage markets (its usually expensive, untimely, limited). Industry interpretations of data typically have agendas.
A sampling of the Platform’s elements include:
- Performing Unpaid Principal Balance
- Scheduled Paid Principal Balance
- Unscheduled Paid Principal
- Dollars of New 90 Day Delinquencies
- Non-Performing Balances
- Property Value of Non-Performing Loans (30-31)
Let us hope that the Platform offers a transparent and flexible tool to track this very dynamic market.| Permalink