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News stories about Government loans

Jun 7, 2019  11:00 ET
Q&A: GSE green loans remain viable despite tougher standard
Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of interest in so-called green loans offered by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which incentivize owners ...
Jan 17, 2019  16:30 ET
Realtors call for restart of the USDA-loan program
The National Association of Realtors called on the Trump administration this week to resume processing a growing backlog of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) home loans, which have been left in li...
Jan 14, 2019  17:25 ET
Shutdown stops popular SBA loan programs
The partial government shutdown entered its record 24th day on Monday, and among those in limbo are small-business entrepreneurs waiting for Small Business Administration loans. SBA offi...
Jan 2, 2019  16:25 ET
Government shutdown causes few mortgage delays
The partial government shutdown has now stretched into its third week, and the pain is already been felt on the fringes of the mortgage industry. Although major loan programs have been able to continu...
Dec 21, 2018  13:25 ET
GSE reform returns to Capitol Hill
Lobbyists for major housing and banking trade groups on Friday spoke in favor of a bipartisan House proposal that would wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and create a housing-finance system with ...
Jan 23, 2018  12:15 ET
Mortgage lenders are still taking few risks
Earlier this month, the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center reported that mortgage credit availability rose in the third quarter to the highest level since 2013. Bing Bai, a research as...
Nov 8, 2017  11:30 ET
Blog: GSE debate inches forward
A subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing a week ago on reform of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The event didn’t garner much a...
Nov 28, 2016  15:00 ET
GSE loan limits will go up in 2017
The maximum borrowing limits for the nation’s most popular loan types will go up in January. On loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the baseline limit for one-unit properties ...
Jul 1, 2016  12:30 ET
HUD upgrades its distressed-asset program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced “significant improvements” to its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) in an effort to protect delinquent homeow...
Jun 1, 2016  12:15 ET
Advocacy groups renew pitch to recapitalize GSEs
A coalition of progressive activist associations and small-lender trade groups made another pitch this week to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regulator to recapitalize the government-sponsored enterpr...
Mar 24, 2016  11:35 ET
U.S. housing market continues to break new ground, report shows
Rising equity has driven a steady increase in the total value of the U.S. housing market over the past few years, while the much-anticipated 2016 decline in refinancing volume hasn’t yet been refle...
Mar 4, 2016  17:00 ET
QM hasn't made it harder to get a mortgage, the Urban Institute says
The  so-called Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule may have generated lots of fears in the mortgage industry, but it hasn’t made getting a home loan any harder, the Urban Institute concludes in a new study...
Feb 10, 2016  14:05 ET
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage should be laid to rest, AEI's Ed Pinto says
Most housing advocates fiercely advocate for the preservation of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, but the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute's International (AEI) Center on Housing Ris...
Nov 17, 2015  11:00 ET
FHA insurance fund hits reserve target for first time since the downturn
Two years after receiving a taxpayer bailout, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) insurance fund now exceeds its mandated level of reserves. The FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance (M...
Sep 22, 2015  16:45 ET
USDA's declining loan numbers have come with policy changes
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan numbers have declined this year, but not for the reasons stated recently by the agency, loan officers told Scotsman Guide News. USDA cre...

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