HUD: FHA Takes Steps to Remove Barriers to Homeownership for Those with Student Loan Debt

Updates to Single Family student loan monthly payment calculation expand access to FHA-insured mortgage financing for creditworthy individuals, particularly in communities of color The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Friday announced updates to its student loan monthly payment calculations to take steps to remove barriers and provide more access to affordable single […]

ABA: New Infographic on Homeownership in America Released

In recognition of American Housing Month, the American Bankers Association Foundation today released an infographic outlining current gaps in homeownership rates, barriers faced by younger generations and communities of color trying to own a home, as well as down payment assistance resources banks and other groups offer that can help overcome those […]

HUD: $12.5 Million in Housing Counseling Grants Awarded

Supplemental funding will provide additional resources for HUD-approved housing counseling The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $12.5 million in supplemental housing counseling grants. These supplemental grants will support quality housing counseling services, including the foreclosure avoidance and rental counseling services used by many […]

CFPB: Interim Final Rule Issued on Loss Mitigation Options for Homeowners Recovering from Pandemic-Related Financial Hardships

 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) issued today an interim final rule (IFR) that will make it easier for consumers to transition out of financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and easier for mortgage servicers to assist those consumers. The CARES Act provides forbearance relief for consumers with federally-backed […]

FHFA: Final Rule on Credit Scoring Models Published

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today sent to the Federal Register for publication a final rule on the validation and approval of third-party credit score model(s) that can be used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).  The rule implements the requirements in Section 310 of the Economic Growth, […]

FHFA: Nearly 4.3 Million Homeowners Helped Via Foreclosure Prevention

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its fourth quarter 2018 Foreclosure Prevention Report, which shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) completed 41,062 foreclosure prevention actions in the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing the total number of foreclosure prevention actions to 4,283,836 since September 2008.  The report […]

HUD: $10 Million in “Sweat Equity” Grants Announced

SHOP grants enable homeownership opportunities for 539 families The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $10 million in “sweat equity” grants to support four non-profit, self-help housing organizations that enable homeownership opportunities for hard-working, low-income families and individuals. Funded through HUD’s Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), the […]

FHFA: Foreclosure Preventions Surpass 4.2 Million in Third Quarter 2018

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its third quarter 2018 Foreclosure Prevention Report,which shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) completed 63,193 foreclosure prevention actions in the third quarter of 2018, bringing the total number of foreclosure prevention actions to 4,242,774 since September 2008.  The report […]

HUD: FHA Announces Updated Policy to Assist Homeowners Affected by 2017 Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

FHA appeals to struggling borrowers to contact their mortgage servicers immediately WASHINGTON – To help struggling borrowers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced it is updating its menu of foreclosure prevention options to allow borrowers […]