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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was created on July 30, 2008, when the President signed into law the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  The Act created a world-class, empowered regulator with all of the authorities necessary to oversee vital components of our country’s secondary mortgage markets – Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks.  In addition, this law combined the staffs of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB), and the GSE mission office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

Washington, DC - October 30, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) contracts, was 3.56 percent based on loans closed in September. There was no change in percentage from the previous month. In March of 2012, FHFA began calculating interest rates using un-weighted survey data.

FHFA House Price Index Up 0.7 Percent in August

Washington, DC - October 24, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. house prices rose 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from July to August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.2 percent increase in July was revised downward to a 0.1 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in August, U.S. prices rose 4.7 percent. The U.S. index is 15.9 percent below its April 2007 peak and is roughly the same as the June 2004 index level.

HARP Loans Continue Strong Pace in August

Washington, D.C. - October 17, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its August Refinance Report, which shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) accounted for nearly one-quarter of all refinances in August. Nearly 99,000 homeowners refinanced their mortgage in August through the HARP program with more than 618,000 loans refinanced since the beginning of this year.

FHFA Releases Strategic Plan for 2013-2017

Washington, DC - October 9, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco today released an updated strategic plan for FHFA for fiscal years 2013-2017 subtitled, “Preparing a Foundation for a More Efficient and Effective Housing Finance System.”

FHFA Seeks Public Input on Building a New Infrastructure for the Secondary Mortgage Market

Washington, DC - October 8, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released for public input a white paper on...

FHFA Announces Winning Investor in Chicago REO Pilot Initiative

Washington, DC - October 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that The Cogsville Group, LLC has purchased 94 Fannie Mae properties in Chicago as part of a real estate owned (REO) pilot initiative. All properties were sold near or above market value.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

Washington, DC - September 27, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) contracts, was 3.56 percent based on loans closed in August. There was a decrease of 0.10 percent from the previous month. In March of 2012, FHFA began calculating interest rates using un-weighted survey data.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Help More Than 2.4 Million with Foreclosure Prevention Actions;

Washington, DC - September 26, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed more than 129,000 foreclosure prevention actions in the second quarter of 2012, bringing the total foreclosure prevention actions to 2.4 million since the start of conservatorship in 2008 with 1.2 million of those actions being permanent loan modifications. These actions, which have helped more than 2 million borrowers stay in their homes, are detailed in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s second quarter 2012 Foreclosure Prevention Report, also known as the Federal Property Manager’s Report.

FHFA Announces Increase in Guarantee Fees

Washington, DC - August 31, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that it has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise guarantee fees (g-fees) on singlefamily mortgages by an average of 10 basis points. The changes to g-fee pricing represent a step toward encouraging greater participation in the mortgage market by private firms, a goal set forth in FHFA’s Strategic Plan for Enterprise Conservatorships.

FHFA Announces New Standard Short Sale Guidelines for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;

Washington, DC - August 28, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are issuing new, clear guidelines to their mortgage servicers that will align and consolidate existing short sales programs into one standard short sale program.

Agencies Issue Proposed Rule on Appraisals for Higher-Risk Mortgages

WASHINGTON, DC - August 15, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a proposed rule to establish new appraisal requirements for “higher-risk mortgage loans.” The proposed rule would implement amendments to the Truth in Lending Act enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, mortgage loans are higher-risk if they are secured by a consumer’s home and have interest rates above a certain threshold

FHFA Sends Notice to Federal Register on Use of Eminent Domain to Restructure Performing...

Washington, DC - August 8, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has sent to the Federal Register a Notice indicating its concern with the proposed use of eminent domain to restructure performing home loans and inviting public input.

HARP Refinances Continue Surge in First Half of 2012

Washington, D.C. - August 7, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its June Refinance Report, which shows that one of every three refinances through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were made through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), the highest number since the inception of the program in April 2009. The continued increase in HARP volume is attributed to record-low mortgage rates and program enhancements announced last fall including removal of the loan-to-value (LTV) ceiling for borrowers who refinance into fixedrate loans and the elimination or lowering of fees for certain borrowers

Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

Washington, DC - July 26, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) contracts, was 3.67 percent based on loans closed in June. Beginning in March, FHFA is calculating interest rates using unweighted survey data. There was a decrease of 0.11 percent from the previous month. The complete contract rate series can be found at http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=251.

FHFA Announces Next Steps in REO Pilot Program

Washington, DC - July 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the winning bidders in a real estate owned (REO) pilot initiative have been chosen and transactions are expected to close early in the third quarter. Market response has been robust with strong qualified bidder interest

Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

Washington, DC - June 26, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) contracts, was 3.78 percent based on loans closed in May. Beginning in March, FHFA is calculating interest rates using unweighted survey data.

FederalHousing Finance Agency Establishes Additional Anti-Fraud Measure for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Federal...

Washington,DC - June 19, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced an initiative to complement current fraud reporting by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. FHFA is taking this additional step to ensure the regulated entities are not exposed to unnecessary risk from doing business with individuals or businesses with a demonstrated history of fraudulent conduct.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Help More Than 2.3 Million with Foreclosure Prevention Actions;

Washington, DC - June 15, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed more than 2.3 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of conservatorship in 2008, including 1.1 million permanent loan modifications. These actions, designed to help borrowers stay in their homes, are detailed in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s first quarter 2012 Foreclosure Prevention Report, also known as the Federal Property Manager’s Report

FHFA’s Report to Congress Details Annual Examinations of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Federal...

Washington, D.C. - June 13, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its fourth annual Report to Congress, detailing the agency’s examinations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks), and the FHLBanks’ joint Office of Finance.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

Washington, DC - May 29, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some ARM contracts, was 3.93 percent based on loans closed in April. Beginning in March, FHFA is calculating interest rates using un-weighted survey data. There was an increase of 0.03 percent from the previous month.

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Locations Close to Public Transit Boost Residential, Commercial Real Estate Values

Neighborhoods located within a half-mile of public transit services outperformed those in areas farther from public transit based on a number of factors, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association(link is external) and the National Association of Realtors®.