Feds Move to Dismantle Fannie and Freddie, and Promote Renting

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Posted on February 22, 2011 under Housing Trends | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

tenant screening, tenant background checkThe Obama administration recently revealed its proposal to reduce Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), the mortgage giants that have enabled homeownership for millions of Americans. The report offered three options for replacing the two agencies.

It also makes it clear that rental housing will remain a priority as more renters enter the market in coming years. In the white paper, the government recognizes Americans are giving up homeownership in favor of renting. With a record 37 million rental households and a possible 4.4 million additional by 2015, it’s not something that can be ignored—and the administration is not.

“Americans should have choices in housing that make sense for them and their families. This means rental options near good schools and good jobs,” the report states. It further indicates that finding ways to maintaining funding to the rental market will be “critical.”

One proposed action is expanding the Federal Housing Administration’s support to the multifamily industry, including developing programs to serve hard-to-reach segments, including the smaller properties that comprise one-third of all rental apartments. The report noted that half of renters spend more than one-third of their income on housing, while a quarter spend more than half; a commitment to affordable rental housing is indicated, although the term is not defined.

The National Multi Housing Council, a trade group, responded that reform is needed in the single-family sector, that Fannie and Freddie’s multifamily programs were not part of the financial meltdown and that “they are a vital capital source for the rental housing sector.”

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