FHFA Adjusts Multifamily Lending Caps for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced it has increased the 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35 billion, effective immediately. The adjustment is consistent with FHFA's 2016 Scorecard for the Enterprises in which FHFA committed to review the estimates for the size of the multifamily finance market each quarter and increase the caps, if warranted.  The adjustment is based on increased estimates of the overall size of the 2016 multifamily finance market.  As described in the Scorecard, loans in certain affordable and underserved market segments will continue to be excluded from the purchase caps.

"FHFA engaged in a thorough analysis of the multifamily market and determined that, to adjust to the realities of the market and ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have the flexibility to continue supporting this important sector, an increase in the lending caps is warranted," said FHFA Director Melvin Watt.  "Supporting liquidity in the multifamily housing finance market remains a priority for FHFA and we will also continue to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac maintain their strong support for financing of affordable and workforce housing."