Our 5 favorite stories from 2017

January 10, 2018 | By

2017 was a year of transition for The Home Story. We expanded our coverage to include stories for participants in the mortgage industry – lenders, servicers, and investors. We expanded our events coverage. And we highlighted insights from our leadership on market and economic trends.

These stories, in no particular order, captured both this new editorial direction and marketplace sentiment. We hope you’ll agree these five pieces are worthy of review.

  1. The crisis in affordable rental housing: How we got here and finding our way forward Fannie Mae has many smart, talented executives – Jeff Hayward, Executive Vice President and Head of Multifamily, is certainly one. We like this thought leadership piece because it captures Jeff’s personal story, growing up in public housing in South Philadelphia, and shines a bright light on the need for building and updating more affordable rental units.
  2. MBA shares economic forecast at servicing conference in Dallas; Lessons from HAMP are shaping the future of loss mitigation We periodically cover industry events, sending our own staff editors or a freelance writer. We liked these two articles by freelancer Kerry Curry from last year’s MBA Servicing Conference since they capture the challenges of the current housing market and the future of loss mitigation.
  3. 8 top women in mortgage finance offer career encouragement, advice We enjoyed putting this piece together – and seeing the response in the industry. We feel the article captures the voices of the women profiled, but also offers advice to those up-and-coming in the industry. In wake of the rise of mPower and other groups, we think this story was ahead of its time.
  4. Originator creates a niche with Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation At the start of 2017, we expanded our editorial direction to reach both consumers and Fannie Mae business partners. This story about a Fannie Mae loan product that lets consumers borrow up to 50 percent of the as-completed value of the improved property in a purchase or refi, captured that new direction perfectly – highlighting benefits of this business for lenders and homebuyers.
  5. New Hampshire has put manufactured housing on solid ground…will other states follow? This spot-news reporting from the fall highlighted expansion of a manufactured housing pilot in New Hampshire that lets lenders sell loans on manufactured homes in certain locations to Fannie Mae. We like this story since it shows one way Fannie Mae supports this important segment of affordable housing.
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