Time May Not Be Right To Limit Fannie, Freddie Loans

Law360, New York (September 19, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency has proposed lowering the maximum size of the loans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can purchase as part of an effort to attract more private-sector lending, but some experts warn that other market factors including rising interest rates will keep private lenders from filling the gap.

The FHFA announced earlier this month that it planned to reduce the maximum size of home mortgage loans eligible for backing by the government-sponsored enterprises. The move is part of the agency's strategic plan of slowly backing away from the mortgage market and encouraging private capital to take its place....

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