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Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac to raise loan limits to almost $1 million in some areas

By Mike Wheatley | November 19, 2021
Prompted by a massive rise in home prices over the last year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reportedly planning to revise the maximum size of the mortgages they’re prepared to back next year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the government sponsored entities are willing to increase their loan limits to almost $1 million […]
Housing

Freddie Mac program aims to help renters boost their credit scores

By Mike Wheatley | November 7, 2021
Freddie Mac says it wants to help make renters more creditworthy and it’s putting its words into action with a new program that allows their rental payments to make a difference. Under the new scheme, owners or managers of multifamily properties will be able to report on-time rental payments to credit bureaus, in a move […]
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 […]
US Real Estate

Granny Flats are growing in popularity due to the housing crunch, study finds

By Mike Wheatley | July 24, 2020
The number of accessory dwelling units in the U.S. has increased dramatically as a result of the housing inventory crunch, especially in high-cost areas where populations have risen significantly over the last decade, according to a new Freddie Mac study. The research found there are 1.4 million ADUs in the U.S., which include granny flats, […]
Foreclosures, US Real Estate

Freddie Mac warns of mortgage aid scammers

By Mike Wheatley | April 1, 2020
Scammers are reportedly targeting homeowners with fake offers of financial aid at a time when many are struggling to pay their mortgages due to the coronavirus outbreak. In one example, Freddie Mac last week warned of a new scam that saw borrowers receive fake calls impersonating the mortgage giant, offering low interest rates and other […]
Mortgage

Fannie & Freddie's new mortgage payment deferral plan

By Mike Wheatley | March 31, 2020
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced a new payment deferral option for homeowners who’re struggling to meet their mortgage repayments. The new option is available regardless of if homeowners are struggling to pay due to the coronavirus outbreak, HousingWire reported. The new option would enable homeowners to defer payments for up to two months, […]
Mortgage, Real Estate

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac ease mortgage requirements

By Mike Wheatley | March 26, 2020
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been told by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to come up with alternatives to appraisal requirements and employment verification on loans they service through May 17, in response to the COVID-19 shutdown. “To allow for homes to be bought, sold, and refinanced as our nation deals with the challenges […]
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