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  • Blog Post
    November 17, 2017

    A bipartisan group of Senators, including Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo (R-ID), released yesterday the text of draft legislation reforming various federal financial regulations. The bill, titled the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act,” S. 2155, contains a number of changes to federal mortgage rules and also allows Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program grantees to use their funds for lead and asbestos removal. A section-by-section summary of the bill can be viewed here.

  • Blog Post
    November 17, 2017

    Down payment assistance programs offered by state HFAs and other state and local government entities are critical to supporting sustainable homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income consumers, according to a November 15 report from the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center. The report, which examines barriers to homeownership, advocates that HFA and industry participants collaborate to better educate consumers about these programs.

  • Blog Post
    November 16, 2017

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that it will permit the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to resume equity investments in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) market, with some limitations, effective immediately. The GSEs each will be able to invest up to $500 million annually in the Housing Credit; however, annual investments above $300 million must be made in markets identified by FHFA as having difficulty attracting investors.