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Publication Date

October 2014


Kevin A. Park


Ford Foundation


Government-sponsored housing finance agencies can serve a purpose and public benefit distinct from yet complementary to the pure private market by serving creditworthy borrowers considered too risky for the private market to serve profitably.

Doing so will require allowing these agencies to price their mortgages in such a way that risk is covered but mortgages remain affordable. This can be accomplished by allowing the agencies to employ a model that lowers their return on capital and spreads risk across their portfolio.

Topics(s): Affordable Homeownership, Housing Policy, Mortgage Finance