GSEs Archive

Modest Improvements in Conventional Loan Limits

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced the conforming loan limits for 2016 today. Limits will rise in a 39 counties around the country. The national conforming limit remains unchanged, but could rise in the near future. Every year,...

Waiting on the Boomerang

Return or boomerang buyers have grown in numbers in recent years. Forecasts indicate that these former homeowners who experienced a foreclosure or short sale will return to the market in greater volume in the years ahead. However, lack of...

May Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that May’s existing-home sales increased year over year for the 8th consecutive month, as sales reach the 5.35 million seasonal annual adjusted rate. May’s sales are the highest pace since...

Economic and Forecast Update (July 1, 2015)

View the forecast video, midyear forecast (July 2015) slides, and the full U.S. Economic Outlook on the Research & Statistics page. The Economy GDP growth was slightly negative in the first quarter but will pick up in the second half.  For the year...

66 Percent of First-time Home Buyers Make a Low Down Payment

Based on information gathered from the REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey in the months of December 2014–February 2015, 66 percent of first-time homebuyers made a down payment of 0 to 6 percent. [1] Although this is a decline from the...