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Home prices continue their rapid growth, up 18% year-over-year

By Mike Wheatley | June 30, 2021
Home prices in the U.S. jumped by 16% in April 2021 compared to April 2020, according to newly published data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency this week. Home prices also grew on a month-to-month basis, rising 1.8% from March to April, surpassing the 1.6% increase seen the previous month, the FHFA said. The agency […]

President Biden to replace Mark Calabria as head of FHFA

By Mike Wheatley | June 24, 2021
Update: The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced late Wednesday that President Biden has appointed Sandra Thompson as the agency’s acting director. Thompson has served as the deputy director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals (DHMG) since 2013. U.S. President Joe Biden will replace the leader of the Federal Housing Finance Agency following a […]
Home Buying, US Real Estate

FHFA details plans to help borrowers with limited English proficiency

By Mike Wheatley | May 15, 2018
In an effort to overcome some of the obstacles in the way of limited English proficiency borrowers, the Federal Housing Finance agency has released a new Language Access Multi-Year Plan that lays out potential solutions.
Real Estate, US Real Estate

FHFA Plans to Ease Lending Standards

By Mike Wheatley | October 22, 2014
Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt on Monday announced plans to expand home buyers' access to mortgages by loosening up lending standards. During the Mortgage Bankers Association's annual conference, Watt said FHFA will release guidelines "in the coming weeks" to allow increased lending to borrowers with down payments as low as 3 percent. FHFA, […]
Real Estate, Residential, US Real Estate

Chicago Begins Renovating and Renting out Foreclosed Condos

By Mike Wheatley | January 10, 2012
Cities across the US are grappling with the same question: What to do with all of those homes left vacant by the large number of foreclosures? While government agencies at a national level struggle to put together a coherent program for transforming foreclosed homes into rental properties, it seems that some cities are already taking matters into their own hands.
US Real Estate

Cook County Passes Ordinance to Regulate Vacant Homes

By Tavis J. Hampton | December 15, 2011
Today the Cook County Board passed an ordinance that will introduce regulations for vacant homes. The ordinance is similar to one that the city of Chicago recently instituted and will cover the non-incorporated areas in Cook County. The move comes in spite of the fact that the Chicago ordinance is now involved in a federal […]
Real Estate, US Real Estate

Lawmakers Looking to Block $12.79 Million Bonuses

By Allison Halliday | November 14, 2011
Government-controlled mortgage finance firms, Fannie and Freddie, have received around $169 billion of taxpayer’s money in an effort to prop them up, but it was recently revealed the firms were paying just 10 executives around $12.79 million in bonuses. This unwelcome news has prompted lawmakers to look at ways of blocking these hefty bonus packages, […]
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