Fannie Mae

No End in Sight for Fannie and Freddie Conservatorship

February 22nd, 2022
A former Freddie Mac CEO and current industry fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) says the prospect of reforming or freeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—jointly known as GSEs, or government-sponsored enterprises—is essentially nonexistent at this...

Sharifa A. Anderson Appointed Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

March 1st, 2022
Fannie Mae has announced it has appointed Sharifa A. Anderson as senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion (D&I) officer, effective February 28, 2022. Anderson will be a member of Fannie Mae’s management committee and serve as the company’s...

New FHFA Program Revisions to Promote Housing Sustainability

October 19th, 2021
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently stated it is expanding eligibility for Fannie and Freddie’s Refinance programs for low- and moderate-income borrowers, as well as restoring the desktop appraisal flexibility. “Expanding eligibility for low- and moderate-income families to refinance...

Perilous Challenges Threaten Residential Real Estate

March 21st, 2022
While there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty surrounding the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the housing market, the picture is getting a bit clearer for experts at Fannie Mae. In a recent report, forecasters from...

New Affordable Housing Coalition Writes to FHFA, Urging Fannie and Freddie to Improve Duty to Service Proposals

October 22nd, 2021
A new housing coalition—the Underserved Mortgage Markets Coalition—formed by 20 affordable housing organizations, recently wrote to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging them to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “substantially improve their Duty to Serve proposals before...

Fannie Mae Adopts Appraisal Standard for Square Footage

April 4th, 2022
Starting April 1, mortgage-giant Fannie Mae has implemented new mandatory standards for appraisers specifically around the measuring of square footage, with the hope that they become more widely adopted and make the often complex and subjective process less confusing while...

Forbearance Rates Continue Their Decline

November 9th, 2021
The total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 9 basis points to 2.06% for the week ending Oct. 31, 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey estimates there are 1 million homeowners who...

Life After Conservatorship: FHFA Preparing Fannie and Freddie for the Eventual Exit

April 20th, 2022
Despite recent skepticism surrounding a possible exit from conservatorship for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, officials from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)—the overseer of both agencies—indicated that the door hasn’t yet been shut on the idea. After more than...

FHFA Releases 2022 Scorecard for Fannie, Freddie and CSS

November 22nd, 2021
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the 2022 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS). The purpose of the 2022 Scorecard is to hold the enterprises and CSS accountable for fulfilling their core mission...

Housing Sentiment Dips as Affordability Constraints Worsen

May 11th, 2022
The runup on home prices and mortgage rates continues to weigh on the minds of aspiring homebuyers as buyer sentiment took another dip in the last month, according to recent data from Fannie Mae. The organization’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index...
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