Freddie Mac has announced changes to its Loan Prospector automated underwriting service and its Home Possible affordable mortgage products that it says are designed to help more low- and moderate-income borrowers qualify for mortgages eligible for purchase by Freddie Mac.The government-sponsored enterprise said it expects more mortgages submitted to LP to get an "accept" response as a result of the revisions. Moreover, the GSE is waiving the LP assessment fee when a "caution" is returned on the first submission of a conforming, conventional mortgage. (Freddie said such responses are triggered by higher-risk mortgages that the GSE purchases as well as by loans that don't meet its loan purchase guidelines.) Paul Mullings, senior vice president of single-family sourcing at Freddie Mac, said the announcements "are the latest installment on the pledge we made to our lender customers to buy more of the loans they originate and give them new ways to build their market share with Loan Prospector." Freddie Mac can be found online at http://www.freddiemac.com.

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