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News stories about FHFA

Oct 30, 2017  12:00 ET
Blog: FHFA proceeds with language-preference question
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) earlier this month announced it will include a language question on the standard application form used by borrowers to apply for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ...
Aug 17, 2017  13:10 ET
HARP extended through 2018
The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has extended the crisis-era refinancing program, Home Affordable Refinancing Program “HARP,” through the end of next year. HARP was designed f...
Aug 4, 2016  12:45 ET
FHFA drops language question
Following heavy opposition from the mortgage industry, the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has backed out of its plan to include a language-preference question on the standard forms used to ...
Jul 6, 2016  15:50 ET
FHA rule change could end controversy
Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced tougher rules on investors that purchase pools of deeply delinquent FHA loans. Although it is not yet clear if these changes will work a...
Feb 19, 2016  13:00 ET
GSEs may need future bailouts as their reserves continue to dwindle, FHFA director warns
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt warned this week that the government’s course of eliminating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s capital buffers could lead to future taxpayer bailou...
Apr 28, 2015  9:20 ET
Mortgage rates approached 4 percent in March
Mortgage rates, on average, ran higher in March than in February, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The average rate on mortgages uses to purchase previously occupied...
Apr 20, 2015  11:30 ET
FHFA backs away from another g-fee increase
The federal regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has opted not to go forward with a controversial plan for an across-the-board increase of the guarantee fees, a proposal that was opposed...
Apr 30, 2014  18:40 ET
Stress test: Fannie, Freddie would need bailout in a severe recession
If a severe a recession hit, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would need additional bailout money, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has concluded.  If home values plummeted and prices fo...

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