GSE Initiatives Give Housing Counselors Underwriting Access
March 30, 2018
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both have initiatives that link homebuyer education counselors to their automated underwriting tools to better determine a buyer’s homeownership readiness. The Federal Housing Finance Agency this week released its 2017 Scorecard Progress Report detailing work on strategic goals for the duo. Under the goal of maintaining credit access, the FHFA said the GSEs have been exploring ways to improve the effectiveness of pre-purchase and early delinquency counseling.Last month, Fannie, the Housing Partnership Network and other housing counseling agencies announced plans to develop a new client case management system. This system will connect Fannie’s automated underwriting products, Desktop Originator and Desktop Underwriter, to housing counseling agencies.