While analysts continue to argue about whether or not the dip in housing sales in the first two months of 2014 is weather-related or not, it might be helpful to step back and take a look at the last few years to gain some perspective about where the market may be heading.
FHFA submits report on homeowner assistance to Congress
Agency details actions it's taking to minimize foreclosures
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director James B. Lockhart
submitted to Congress the latest report as a Federal Property Manager (FPM) detailing
actions FHFA is taking to prevent unnecessary foreclosures. Section 110 of the Emergency
Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) directs Federal Property Managers to develop
and implement plans to maximize assistance for homeowners and encourage servicers of
underlying mortgages to take advantage of programs to minimize foreclosures.
“Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHFA are actively working on foreclosure prevention, “said
FHFA Director James B. Lockhart. “As this report shows, progress is being made in
modifying loans but much more aggressive action is needed to reach more troubled
borrowers,” Lockhart said.
FHFA is a designated FPM in its role as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Each
FPM is also required to report to Congress about the number and types of loan modifications
and the number of foreclosures during the reporting period. In the letter and monthly
Foreclosure Prevention Report, the Agency reports on loan modifications and foreclosure activities of the Enterprises as of November 30, 2008. The most recent quarterly report, dated September 30, 2008, is also available at www.fhfa.gov. Also see Federal Property Managers Report No. 3 (2/12/09) and FHFA Third Quarter 2008 Foreclosure Prevention Report (9/30/08).
The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $6.3 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions.