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Fannie Mae: Improvement continues – but slowly

Housing will contribute to U.S. growth in 2013, and growth will continue thanks to housing. But economists expect it to be “belo

FHFA: House Price Index Up 0.6% in Nov.

Agency that tracks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans found a 5.6% increase over 12 months, with the last price decline in January

Fannie Mae upgrades short sale process

Short sale trouble with a lender? An upgrade to HomePath makes it quicker and easier to escalate a case and talk directly to a F

Turning point: Over 50% expect home price increases

It’s the first time in the three-year history of Fannie Mae’s monthly survey that over half expected price gains. One year ago,

NAR: Short sale approval, valuation issues continue to impact housing market

Short sales make up 9% of the market but can be frustrating. New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac policies should improve the process

Fannie Mae: Recent slowdown nothing to fear

Federal budget cuts and other fiscal pitfalls slowed growth in recent months, but Fannie Mae economists expect little damage in

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac extend loan programs

Homeowners can now use the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) or the streamlined modification initiative through 2015.

IRA can help a retiree qualify for a mortgage

A policy revision at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allows seniors to include money in their individual retirement account (IRA) or

Fannie Mae will help speed short sale if given info

Under a new program, Fannie Mae will help expedite short sale problems and work with the lender if a Realtor gives them a copy o

Fannie Mae: Economic growth on the road to ‘normal’

The housing market is pushing the economy forward, but steady economic growth is still a way off, according to the mortgage gian

Short sale listings must have five days in MLS

Starting Aug. 1, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sales must remain “active” for at least five days in the MLS – and the timefra

FHFA: House price index up 0.7% in May

Fed looks only at single-family home sales under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to calculate changes. Prices rose 7.3% year-to-year.

Fannie Mae report: Economy picks up steam

Housing, consumer spending and manufacturing pave the way, with even better times ahead. One wildcard, however: Any Fed changes

FHFA moves to change Fannie and Freddie

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has established a subsidiary of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in an effort to build a secondary

Fannie Mae changes mortgage loan restrictions

On Nov. 16, Fannie Mae’s minimum loan downpayment goes from 3% to 5% and loans top out at 30 years – but, unlike FHA, it doesn’t

Delinquent borrowers more optimistic about ownership

Fannie Mae study: Many homeowners facing foreclosure still value owning over renting. Many even still consider real estate a rel

Rules restrict lenders use of force-placed insurance

A loan servicer can no longer receive a commission or fee from an insurer for force-placed insurance policies if Fannie Mae or F

Cautious consumers stall housing momentum

Fannie Mae analysis: If the housing rebound loses steam, it will likely happen because recession-burned Americans still lack fai

FHFA takes more steps to minimize Fannie, Freddie

Fed agency over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac says it will charge lenders more, which could make it a bit more challenging for buye

Home for the holidays: Eviction moratorium

Homeowners being evicted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t be kicked out over the two-week holiday period, along with a few pr

Fannie Mae: Housing recovery on ‘firm footing’

Consumer attitudes dipped in the fall but have rebounded. Almost half believe home prices will rise in 2014, and one in three th

The economy has been set free (for now)

Fannie Mae: Why do things look rosier? Economic uncertainty is gone, at least temporarily, with higher stocks, more jobs and str

Fannie Mae announces a ‘sale’ on REO homes

Buyers who submit an initial offer by March 31 and close by May 31 can get up to 3.5% back for closing costs or to pay points th

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