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Volume 14 - Number 18

September 5, 2014

FHFA Revises GSE Housing Goals Upward Through 2017

Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s regulator has proposed tougher GSE affordable housing goals for purchase mortgages in low-income areas. Issued last week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the proposal would increase some of the benchmark levels for Fannie’s and Freddie’s affordable housing goals through 2017, while also establishing new housing subgoals for low-income multifamily properties.

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