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FHFA Expands Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative to 18 Metros

market-studiesThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Tuesday that it will expand the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative (NSI) to 18 more metro areas across the country to provide REO relief to communities.

The FHFA said that beginning December 1, 2015, local community organizations will be able to review and purchase foreclosed properties owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the newly added 18 metro areas before they hit the public market.

The markets listed are metros in which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each had at least 100 REO properties valued at less than $75,000, the FHFA says.

“The number of REO properties that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hold continues to decline nationwide, but there are still some communities in which the number of REO properties remains elevated,” said Melvin L. Watt, FHFA director.

“Our goal is to take what we learned in Detroit and Chicago and apply it to these additional communities as quickly and efficiently as possible. Giving local community buyers an exclusive opportunity to purchase these properties at a discount, taking into account expenses saved through a quicker sale, is an effective way to give control back to local communities and residents who have a vested interest in stabilizing their neighborhoods,” Watt said.

FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac jointly developed NSI and it involves a partnership with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), the release stated.

The pilot, launched initially in Detroit, Michigan in May 2014, was extended earlier this year to Cook County, Illinois. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue their work with NCST to focus on disposition of REO properties in ways that place a priority on stabilizing neighborhoods.

The 18 metropolitan areas designated by the FHFA for NSI expansion include:

  1. Akron, Ohio
  2. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia
  3. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland
  4. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois
  5. Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana
  6. Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio
  7. Columbus, Ohio
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan
  10. Jacksonville, Florida
  11. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida
  12. New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania
  13. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
  14. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware
  15. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  16. St. Louis, Missouri
  17. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
  18. Toledo, Ohio

About Author: Xhevrije West

Xhevrije West is a writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University.
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