This annual report describes FHFA's accomplishments, as well as challenges, the agency faced in meeting the strategic goals and objectives during the past fiscal year.
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Goal: Help restore confidence, enhance capacity to fulfill mission, and mitigate systemic risk that contributed directly to instability in financial markets.
MAINTAIN foreclosure prevention activities and credit availability, REDUCE taxpayer risk, and BUILD a new single-family securitization infrastructure. Read more in the 2016 Scorecard and Conservatorships Strategic Plan.
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FHFA experts provide reliable data, including all states, about activity in the U.S. mortgage market through its House Price Index, Refinance Report, Foreclosure Prevention Report, and Performance Report.
HARP - the Home Affordable Refinance Program was created by FHFA specifically to help homeowners current on their mortgage payments, but underwater on their mortgages.
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Key Topics pages provide information about FHFA's work on a range of issues facing the nation and highlight the most relevant related news releases, reports, statements and web pages on the respective topics.
The Honorable Melvin L. Watt of Charlotte, NC sworn in on January 6, 2014 to a 5-year term as the first Senate-confirmed Director of FHFA.
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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the total volume of mortgage refinances increased slightly in the third quarter. According to FHFA’s Refinance Report, total refinance volume for the third quarter exceeded 389,000, while refinances through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) were down slightly at 44,136.
Since 2009, nearly 20 million mortgage refinances have been completed through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including more than 3.2 million through HARP. FHFA estimates that, as of second quarter 2014, there are more than 722,000 borrowers who have a strong financial incentive to refinance. Borrowers are considered “in-the-money” if they meet the basic HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining balance of $50,000 or more on their mortgage, have a remaining term on their mortgage of greater than 10 years, and their mortgage interest rate is at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates. Nationwide, these borrowers could save, on average, as much as $200 per month on their mortgage.
FHFA is continuing its efforts to reach eligible borrowers and recently announced its fourth HARP outreach event in Miami on December 5. FHFA has held town-hall style events in Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit with local community and civic leaders, who are sharing information about HARP with homeowners. See the U.S. map of HARP-eligible borrowers by Metropolitan Statistical Area, county and zip code.
Also in the third quarter 2014 report:
Link to Refinance Report
Link to HARP.gov
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