The current housing market is on fire and will have even more support with the $1.09 billion disbursements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has never authorized such a large amount. In fact, this is double what was given last year.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was established in 2008. The goal for the agency is to make sure that regulated institutions make good on their commitment. It is also there for a safe place for liquidity and funding for the housing finance market throughout the economic cycle.
Along with the agency, as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, congress created the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and Capital Magnet Fund (CMF). Their purpose is to support affordable housing. HERA directed the Enterprises to set aside 4.2 basis points of each dollar of unpaid principal balance of its total new business purchases and then allocate those reserved funds following each fiscal year for. The funding is divided with the HTF receiving 65% and the CMF receiving 35%.For 2021 more than $700 million will be given to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of the Treasury for the CMF will receive $383 million.
This is good news for the housing industry altogether. Now is a great time to purchase a home if you are in the market or thinking of buying a home.