The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend several loan origination flexibilities until March 31, 2021. The changes are designed to ensure continued support for borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency. The flexibilities were set to expire on February 28, 2021.

Extended flexibilities include:

  • Alternative appraisals on purchase and rate term refinance loans;
  • Alternative methods for documenting income and verifying employment before loan closing; and
  • Expanding the use of power of attorney to assist with loan closings.

FHFA will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and update its policies as needed. To understand the protections and assistance the government is offering people having trouble paying their mortgage, please visit the joint Department of Housing and Urban Development, FHFA, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website at


Media: Raffi Williams / Adam Russell