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Home Buyers Get Government Help With Down Payments

Maiya Jones didn’t have money saved up for a down payment when she started looking for a house in the St. Louis area last summer. Her real-estate agent told her about a program that would cover...

House Appropriators Advance Transportation-HUD Bill

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $137.1 billion fiscal 2020 Transportation-HUD spending bill by a 29-21 vote, proposing to increase funding for housing and transportation systems,...

Congress Gives Final Approval to Long-Delayed Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Monday to a long-delayed disaster aid package, ending the congressional impasse that has stymied efforts to send billions of dollars in relief to...

Fannie and Freddie Changes Could Lower Housing Costs for Millions of Americans

Starting Monday, the U.S. government is making what’s widely described as the biggest change in a generation to the inner workings of the roughly $4.4 trillion market in mortgage-backed securities...

$10 Million Fannie Mae Innovation Challenge Selects Five Proposals to Address Affordable Housing and Health

WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) today announced the selection of five innovative ideas to receive contract awards under the Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge: Healthy Affordable...

Calabria: Ending the Net Worth Sweep is Step One of GSE Reform, IPOs are an Option

The much-anticipated session with Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria at the MBA Secondary Conference in Manhattan Monday did not disappoint. No, he didn’t reveal a timeline for...

FHFA Announces Three Appointments

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Clinton Jones, Lynn Fisher and Matt Grinney will join the Agency.  Jones has been named Senior Advisor for Legal...

FHA Proposes New Lender Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today proposed several revisions to its lender certification requirements with the goal of providing lenders and servicers greater certainty in...

FHA Offers Incentives for Property Owners Who Invest in Opportunity Zones

WASHINGTON - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a package of incentives to encourage multi-family property owners to invest in thousands of neighborhoods located in Opportunity...

Banks Fled the FHA Loan Program. The Government Wants Them Back

The Federal Housing Administration is set to clarify rules and compliance standards for its mortgage program in an effort to get banks to start making more loans to the lower-income and first-time...