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  • Financing  |  Loans  |  Appraisals

    • Fannie Mae (FNMA) - The nation's largest purchaser of home loans on the secondary market.
    • Freddie Mac (FHLMC) - The nation's second largest purchaser of home loans on the secondary market.
    • Ginnie Mae - HUD owned company that guarantees the securities (MBS) issued from insured VA and FHA loans.
    • Indy Mac - Closed by the Fed in July 2008.  Once one of the nations largets home lenders. Now OneWest Bank.
    • HUD - A massive government agency made of FHA, VA, Fair Housing, Equal Employment.
    • FHA - Largest government mortgage insurer for approved lenders. Gives lenders protection from defaulted loans.
    • Consumer Home Mortgage - The state's website for information on mortgages and resources.
    • CalHFA - Providing financial products to assist Calif. low to moderate income 1st-time homebuyers and renters.
    • FHFA - A newly created agency (2008) to regulate Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and 12 Federal Home Loan Banks.
    • HVCC - New appraisal rules effective May 2009.  More information here and here.
    • Office of Real Estate Appraisers - Everything about California appraisers.
    • Home Affordability Modification Program - Gov't help to Refinance or Modify loans owned by FNMA or FHLMC.
    • New York Fed - A great tool to monitor mortgage delinquency rates by state and county.
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  • Housing Market Indicators

    • US Dept. of HUD - A national quarterly report on Production, Market, Finance, Investment and Inventory conditions.
    • US Census Bureau - Tracks indicators such as Durable Goods, Retail Sales, Trade Balance, Inventories, etc.
    • NAHB - Builders' forcast and outlooks on Remodeling, Multi-family, Starts,etc. Various other indexes and suveys.
    • Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) - Tracks the House Price Index (HPI) by region, state and city.
    • S&P / Case-Shiller - Indices measuring changes in the value of residential real estate in 20 regions across the US.
    • NAR - A monthly housing affordability index based on median sales prices and family incomes.
    • NAR Pending Home Sales Index - Measures housing contract activity (closed transactions) for homes and condos.
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis - Tracks GDP and other indicators by national, state and metropolitan areas.
    • US Dept. of Commerce - New residential construction and Housing Starts.
    • US Census Bureau - Recent data on Housing Vacancies and Homeownership.
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  • Miscellanious Resources

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