· Congress approved a one-year extension of the existing loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. This allows the government’s loan guarantee and insurance programs to continue backing home loans of up to $729,750 in markets with the highest cost of living. Retaining the current higher conforming loan limits will allow homebuyers in higher cost areas to have access to affordable mortgage financing and share the same opportunity to achieve homeownership that borrowers in other regions of the country enjoy. This extension, which is good through Sept. 30, 2011, also expands the FHA’s capacity to back multifamily loans.
Congress also unanimously approved a one-year extension for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), until Sept. 30, 2011. It was an extremely important step that the NFIP was reauthorized to continue issuing flood insurance policies long-term because earlier in 2010 the NFIP had lapsed, causing business disruptions for many Realtors in recovering real estate markets.
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