FHFA Announces Credit Scoring, Upfront Fee Changes

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has made significant changes meant to improve lending access to low-income and first-time homebuyers. At the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2022 Annual Convention & Expo, FHFA Director Sandra L. Thompson announced that the agency had validated and approved the FICO 10T credit score model and the VantageScore 4.0 credit score model for use by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two models will replace the Classic FICO, which the GSEs have used for two decades. Thompson said the models will take multiple years and significant effort to introduce to the industry. But will the end result will be “improved accuracy and a more inclusive approach to evaluating borrowers.” The new models improve accuracy by accounting for…

Ian Ouwerkerk Officially Named Freddie Mac Underwriting SVP

Ian Ouwerkerk has been named Freddie Mac Multifamily’s SVP of Underwriting and Credit, the GSE announced in a press release. He has served as interim SVP since Q1 2022. Ouwerkerk joined Freddie Mac in 2008. He previously served as VP of Multifamily underwriting and senior director of underwriting for the Southeastern region.  As VP of Underwriting and Credit, he focuses on ensuring the quality of Multifamily loans. He also oversees large regional pool transactions and balances credit risk management and solutions for sponsors and lenders. Prior to joining the GSE, Ouwerkerk worked as a commercial real estate broker. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University. “Ian is a strong leader with a proven track record implementing strategic,…