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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has adopted a final rule establishing single-family and multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) for 2015 through 2017. The final rule was adopted after FHFA considered more than 144 comments on a proposed housing goals rule issued in August 2014. The final rule will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, requires FHFA to establish annual housing goals for mortgages purchased by the Enterprises.
The final rule sets identical benchmarks for both Enterprises in all categories and establishes goals for the first time, for rental units affordable to low-income families in small (5- to 50-unit) multifamily properties.
“The single-family goals advance the Enterprises’ statutory missions to provide access to credit for creditworthy borrowers and provide liquidity to the U.S. housing market while operating in a safe and sound manner,” said FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt. “The multifamily goals will create rental opportunities for those who need affordable housing. Together, these goals establish a solid foundation for affordable and sustainable homeownership and rental opportunities in this country.”
Single-Family Housing Goals
FHFA’s final rule continues to use a dual-comparison approach for the single-family goals under which the Enterprises must meet either a benchmark level or a retrospective level to meet the goals. The final rule establishes the following goals for single-family properties:
Multifamily Housing Goals
FHFA’s final rule establishes the following goals for multifamily properties:
Link to Chart Summaries: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 2014 and Final 2015-2017 Housing Goals
Link: Final Rule sent to Federal Register 2015-2017 Enterprise Housing Goals
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