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Sep 19, 2019

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What you need to know about the Trump plan to set Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac free

by Kai Ryssdal and Amy Scott Sep 6, 2019
The White House released its plan to end government stewardship of the companies that control half of all mortgages in the U.S.
Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Virginia, in 2010.
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What's next for Fannie and Freddie?

by Amy Scott Sep 4, 2019
A Trump administration plan for reform is expected soon.
A view of mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae as seen in 2006 in Washington, DC.
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More people could qualify for mortgages under new rule

by Samantha Fields and Amy Scott Aug 14, 2019
The Federal Housing Finance Agency this week announced a new rule that will open up competition for which score, or scores, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac use.
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Why low mortgage rates don’t always mean more home sales

by Justin Ho Jun 25, 2019
New home sales are down, even though mortgage rates are down, too. But low mortgages aren't the deciding factor when it comes to buying a home.
A sale-pending sign is posted in front of a home in San Francisco.
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With mortgage delinquencies at a low, can lenders afford to loosen up a bit?

by Amy Scott May 14, 2019
Consumer advocates say it's time to loosen restrictions imposed after the housing collapse.
A foreclosure sign.
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The tax overhaul's impact on the housing market? It's complicated.

by Marielle Segarra Apr 16, 2019
Research by the New York Fed connects the two.
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FHA tightens standards on insuring home loans

by Erika Beras Mar 25, 2019
The Federal Housing Administration is growing concerned that lenders are allowing some first-time home buyers to take on too much risk. Earlier this month, the FHA told lenders that it will flag more loans as high risk, and raise the…
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Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed housing

by Tommy Andres Dec 17, 2018
Ten years ago the economy broke and changed the way we live.
There are now more renters than homeowners in almost half of major U.S. cities, according to census data from 2006 through 2016. Above, a residential area near Pittsburgh in 2010.
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What layoffs in the mortgage industry say about our economy

by Justin Ho Nov 16, 2018
It’s been a year of transition for Wells Fargo after a series of scandals in its consumer banking business. The company’s paid billions of dollars in penalties and just announced it’s cutting 900 jobs in its mortgage division. The job…

Re-Fi? Standby … Rates are not great right now

by Andy Uhler Oct 19, 2018
Five years ago, refinancing made up 75 percent of the mortgage business. Today, it’s just around 37 percent. With climbing interest rates, demand has dipped and the mortgage industry is poised to shed jobs. Click the audio player above to…