Fannie and Freddie End Funding of Single-Family Rentals
Posted To: MND NewsWireThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has pulled the plug on pilot programs run by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) to finance institutional investment in single-family home rentals. The programs began in February 2017 with a $1 billion loan from Fannie Mae to the Blackstone Group. The loan was originated by Wells Fargo with a Fannie Mae guarantee and secured by some of the 48,000 single-family homes Blackstone’s Invitation Homes subsidiary had purchased during the recession, often from portfolios of lender-owned real estate, and turned into rentals. At the time, the Urban Institute wrote that the transaction “marks the first time a government-sponsored enterprise has facilitated financing for a large institutional operator of single-family rental properties,” and Fannie Mae pronounced…(read more)Forward this article via email: Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.