Housing-Reform May Negatively Impact Rural Lending
January 19, 2018
Borrowers in rural communities would suffer if the resolution of the limbo status of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac winds up creating more headwinds for community-based banking institutions.The Brookings Institute published a new report by the Center for Responsible Lending explaining how housing-finance reform proposals will profoundly affect lending in rural communities. The report said the GSE financing meets a critical need in rural areas, home to almost a quarter of the population and17.5 percent of mortgage loans in the U.S. In 2016, 30.3 percent of all loans originated in rural areas were sold to Fannie and Freddie, the CRL said.