FHFA wants to expand mortgage access

FHFA wants to expand mortgage access

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it wants housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide greater support to low-income mortgage borrowers and refinancers.

FHFA, which is the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, outlined goals for 2015-2017 aimed at advancing that goal. It wants to ensure that low-income families account for 23 percent of the GSE’s purchases of single-family home mortgages. Also, the agency wants them to increase the share of their purchases that back mortgages in low-income areas with large minority populations, Reuters reports.

fhfaSpecifically, FHFA charged Freddie Mac with gradually expanding the number of loans it backs for low-income multifamily buildings, such as apartment buildings. It wants Freddie Mac to expand such loans to 230,000 by 2017; currently its target for this year is 200,000.

Some lawmakers may view FHFA’s move as controversial, with critics saying that boosting the support of mortgage access for low-income borrowers is what led to the housing bubble that burst in 2006.

Source: “U.S. Housing Regulator Seeks More Support for Poor Borrowers,” Reuters (Aug. 29, 2014)

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