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The Federal Housing Finance Agency has unveiled the lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2021, and they are coming with some changes. FHFA has set $70 billion in multifamily lending caps for the two housing agencies in 2021, giving them a combined lending power of $140 billion; however, at least 50% of the loan originations must be dedicated to affordable housing. The change comes in light of the pandemic, which has only served to deepen the severity of the national housing crisis.

Already, some key players in the multifamily market have responded favorably to the announcement. Walker & Dunlop, one of the most active multifamily lenders and largest Fannie Mae DUS lenders, applauded the announcement. “Of note in the 2021 lending cap announcement from the FHFA was raising the percentage of affordable lending that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must do from 37.5% to 50%,” Willy Walker, chairman and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, said in a statement following the announcement. The firm has lent more than $17 billion in the past three years with the GSEs on affordable properties, and it remains focused on serving the asset class.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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