Fannie Archive

Meeting Promises Productive Relationship with Fannie, Freddie Regulator

NAR President Steve Brown in a meeting yesterday with new Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt shared REALTORS®’ concern over the continued availability of safe and affordable mortgage financing and thanked the director for postponing a decrease...
February 13, 2014

No Federal Guarantee, No 30-Year Mortgage

The looming debt ceiling crisis and the federal government shutdown have pushed aside pretty much every other issue in Washington today, but it won’t be too long before one of the major real estate issues facing the federal government...
October 16, 2013

Why ‘PATH’ Approach to Fannie, Freddie Phase-out is Troubling

Lawmakers have been talking about reforming the secondary mortgage market since the housing bust, but the effort has remained largely in the planning stage. Now it’s moving forward.     // In the House last week, the Financial Services...
July 29, 2013

To Speed Short Sales, Work With Fannie Mae from the Start

Problems getting action on short sales aren’t in the news as much as they were a few years ago but they remain a stumbling block to business and efforts to speed up processing are still needed. Fannie Mae is...
June 6, 2013

Action on Loan Standards Needed More than on Rates

The Federal Reserve hopes to drive down already low interest rates and reboot the sluggish economic recovery by buying up some $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities a month. But there’s a reason to wonder if a different kind of...
September 17, 2012

FHFA Gives Banks Reason to Revisit Overlays

The federal government is taking steps to ease a problem lenders have been complaining about for several years, and that’s the buy-back risk they face if they underwrite a federally backed loan that goes bad and the guarantor of...
September 12, 2012

Fannie, Freddie No Longer Have to Borrow from the U.S. to Pay the U.S.

The country’s two secondary mortgage market companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will no longer have to borrow money from the U.S. Treasury to make their quarterly dividend payments to the federal government (in effect borrowing from the Treasury...
August 17, 2012

How to Submit Offers for Fannie REOs

REOs and other distressed sales make up about a third of the market today on a national basis and NAR’s just-released Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey shows that distressed homes comprise about a quarter of the homes bought...
March 29, 2012

Fannie Mae Rolls Out Online-only REO Offers

If you’re working with a buyer who’s interested in submitting an offer for a Fannie Mae REO, you’ll have to do it online. The secondary mortgage market company last week launched an all-online system for submitting offers on its...
February 7, 2012

GOP Debate Sidesteps Fannie, Freddie Reform

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A subject we’ve talked about a great deal here on the Speaking of Real Estate blog got some play during the Republican presidential debate last night in Jacksonville. (Transcripts are available here.)...
January 27, 2012