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Non-investors get Fannie REOs first

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Fannie Mae has launched a new program that's intended to give public entities and buyers looking for a home to live in, rather than a property to flip, a first crack at homes Fannie has foreclosed on.Under Fannie Mae's "First Look" initiative, only offers from buyers who intend to be owner occupants and buyers using public funds will be considered during the first 15 days a property is on the market. Offers from investors will be considered only after the first 15 days have passed.Response to a pilot program launched August has been positive so Fannie Mae is now rolling the program out nationwide, the company said in a press release. A Freddie Mac spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that the company has similar pilot programs.In Minnesota, Fannie Mae said the City of St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority has been acquiring and rehabilitating homes for resale to homebuyers. In the past four months, that agency has closed on five Fannie Mae properties and has 24 mor...