The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

Releases, Statements, and Testimony

March 26, 2024
FHFA House Price Index Down 0.1 Percent in January; Up 6.3 Percent from Last Year
In January, U.S. house prices showed a minor decline of 0.1 percent from December but recorded a significant 6.3 percent increase compared to the previous year, as reported by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) through its House Price Index (HPI®).

March 25, 2024
FHFA Releases 4th Quarter 2023 Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report
The latest report from FHFA highlights the completion of 43,903 foreclosure prevention actions by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the fourth quarter of 2023, reaching a total of 6,905,703 homeowners assisted since the conservatorships began in 2008.

March 22, 2024
FHFA Releases 2023 Q4 Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) Aggregate Statistics with New Variables
FHFA published its 2023 fourth-quarter data for the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) Aggregate Statistics, including new property characteristics and statistical insights.

Recognizing Climate Risks

FHFA acknowledges the critical challenge of climate change to the U.S. housing finance system and emphasizes the leadership role of regulated entities like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System in addressing this issue.

Internal Initiatives

FHFA has established an internal Climate Change and ESG Steering Committee along with eight working groups to delve into areas such as data and research, climate exposure assessment, ESG reporting, governance, green bonds, consumer protection, internal operations, and legal aspects.

Collaboration and Global Engagement

International Involvement
FHFA actively collaborates with international bodies such as the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG), Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), and others to enhance climate resilience and financial literacy.

Recent Engagements
FHFA’s engagements include hosting an Economic Summit on climate risk, joining NGFS, FLEC, and MitFLG, and participating in public listening sessions to address climate and natural disaster risk management comprehensively.

FHFA's Regulatory Oversight

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
FHFA ensures the safe and sound operation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through prudential supervision and examination programs.
These programs evaluate financial safety, risk management practices, response to market stress, and remediation efforts.

Reporting and Transparency
FHFA employs a rigorous reporting framework, including the CAMELSO ratings system, to provide comprehensive assessments to Congress and stakeholders.
Reports such as the Annual Report to Congress and specific examination results contribute to transparency and accountability in the housing finance sector.

Get in Touch

For inquiries or to learn more about FHFA’s initiatives:
Email: ClimateChange-ESG@fhfa.gov

Meet the Team
Daniel E. Coates: Executive Sponsor of Climate Change and ESG Working Group, Chair of Climate Change and ESG Steering Committee
Varun Joshi: Assistant Project Coordinator, Climate Change and ESG Working Group
Jessica Shui: Project Coordinator, Climate Change and ESG Working Group

About Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play a crucial role in providing stability, liquidity, and affordability to the U.S. mortgage market, supporting homeownership and affordable housing initiatives.
In summary, FHFA’s proactive approach, international collaborations, and regulatory oversight reflect its commitment to addressing climate risks, enhancing financial literacy, and ensuring a resilient housing finance system for all stakeholders.

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