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President Biden nominates Julia Gordon as HUD commissioner

By Mike Wheatley | June 25, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden has nominated a new Federal Housing Commissioner to serve at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Should her nomination be confirmed by the Senate, Julia Gordon will be tasked with leading the Federal Housing Administration, supervising programs relating to the private mortgage insurance market and overseeing the $400 billion Federal […]
Housing

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 […]
Mortgage

FHFA launches new refinancing program for low-income homeowners

By Mike Wheatley | April 30, 2021
Low-income homeowners who may have missed out on last year’s refinancing boom are to be given a second chance, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has said. This week, the FHFA announced an upcoming program for low-income homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance at a lower rate in order to reduce the amount they have to […]
Mortgage, US Real Estate

FHFA considers changes to the home appraisal process

By Mike Wheatley | January 13, 2021
The home appraisal process could be about to get a makeover, as the Federal Housing Finance Agency has requested public input on its policies and practices regarding the way they’re carried out. The FHFA is the body that regulates the mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Home appraisals are an important step in […]
Mortgage, Real Estate

FHFA extends aid to landlords and renters

By Mike Wheatley | July 2, 2020
As federal protections for landlords near their expiration date, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is offering additional help due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday the FHFA said that multifamily property owners who’re currently in forbearance will be able to request an extension of their payment suspension for an extra three months, which means […]
Mortgage, US Real Estate

Freddie Mac failed to hit low income housing goals in 2017

By Mike Wheatley | November 2, 2018
Government sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac failed in its bid to meet its low-income housing goals for 2017, according to a new report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency published this week. In the report, the FHFA lays out a benchmark level and a market level for each of the low-income housing goals for both Freddie […]
Mortgage

FHFA suspends plans to update its credit scoring model

By Mike Wheatley | July 28, 2018
This week it was revealed that an initiative to update the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s credit score model, which is used by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is being suspended.
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