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Industry bodies form alliance to push for alternative credit scoring model

By Mike Wheatley | August 31, 2017
The National Association of Realtors is teaming up with a number of housing and mortgage trade associations to ask the Federal Housing Finance Agency to enable greater access to mortgage credit by using “alternative credit scoring models”.
Mortgage, US Real Estate

The FHFA says HARP will be extended by one more year

By Mike Wheatley | August 26, 2016
The Home Affordable Refinance Program, better known simply as “HARP” is to be extended into next year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced yesterday.
Mortgage, Realtors, US Real Estate

CAR voices frustration at FHFA's refusal to increase conforming loan limits

By Mike Wheatley | November 27, 2015
CAR President Ziggy Zicarelli stressed the association's disappointed with the FHFA's decision not to raise conforming loan limits for 2016 in a statement issued to the press this week
Mortgage, US Real Estate

New FHFA Policy Lets Ex-owners Buy Back Foreclosed Homes

By Mike Wheatley | December 1, 2014
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a new policy that will permit some foreclosed home owners to purchase the homes back that they once had lost at fair market value.
Residential, US Real Estate

3% Down Payments May Be Coming

By Brian Kline | November 18, 2014
Fred Watt is the director of the FHFA and is responsible for the oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In October, he announced that he plans to allow 3% down payments mortgages for the many financial institutions that Fannie and Freddie guarantee. He states that his intention is to include more minorities and people […]
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, […]
Featured News, Mortgage, US Real Estate

With DeMarco out the Way at FHFA, it's Back to Business as Usual

By Donna S. Robinson | June 3, 2014
Whether these policies are "misguided" or "guided by a higher power" ( i.e. wall street bankers), it is clear that the Obama Administration has no intentions of correcting any of the problems that led to the 2008 housing crisis.
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