Preserving Affordable Housing: Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac’s Role


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), play a pivotal role in the American housing finance system, with specific programs aimed at supporting affordable housing, including within mobile home parks. Their involvement is often crucial in providing liquidity, stability, and affordability to the mortgage market.

Financing Support: Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac typically offer loan programs for the acquisition, refinancing, and rehabilitation of mobile home parks. These programs are designed with terms that encourage the maintenance of affordability, such as requiring mobile home parks to maintain a majority of their spaces for affordable housing.

Protecting Tenancy: Loan agreements with these GSEs often include stipulations that protect the tenancy of current residents, preventing undue evictions and ensuring that rent increases are kept within reasonable limits. This not only aids in preserving affordable housing but also in stabilizing communities.

Keel Team’s Approach to Investment and Financing

The Keel Team, known for its innovative approach to mobile home park investment, exemplifies how strategic structuring can align with the best-in-class financing terms offered by agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Their model emphasizes the preservation of affordability while aiming to ensure the sustainability and profitability of their investments.

Strategic Acquisition and Management: By focusing on underperforming mobile home parks with the potential for improvement, the Keel Team applies a hands-on management approach with its vertically integrated property management company to typically enhance community living conditions and operational efficiency. This strategy has not only increased the value of these properties in the past but they also usually meet the criteria for agency debt financing, which favors investments that contribute to the availability of affordable housing.

Qualifying for Agency Debt: To qualify for the favorable financing terms provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Keel Team aims to ensure their investment model aligns with the agencies’ requirements. This includes maintaining a significant portion of affordable housing units, implementing fair rent practices, and investing in infrastructure improvements that can benefit the residents and the community’s long-term sustainability.

Community Development and Empowerment: Beyond meeting the financial criteria, the Keel Team’s model focuses on community development, resident empowerment, and creating a sense of belonging among the residents. These social objectives typically align with the broader goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, making the Keel Team’s investments particularly attractive for agency financing.

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Looking Forward: Challenges and Opportunities

The involvement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac underscores the importance of federal support in preserving affordable housing. However, the landscape is ever-changing, with new challenges such as rising interest rates and evolving regulatory environments posing potential hurdles to financing.

For operators like the Keel Team, navigating these challenges requires agility, innovative financing structures, and a continued commitment to the social mission of preserving affordable housing. As the market evolves, the synergy between strategic investment models and supportive agency financing will likely be crucial in sustaining the affordability and viability of mobile home parks as essential housing options.


The concerted efforts of government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, alongside strategic investors like the Keel Team, highlight a multi-faceted approach to potentially preserving affordable housing in mobile home parks. Through favorable financing conditions, strategic investment, and community-focused development, these entities can play a critical role in potentially ensuring that mobile home parks remain a cornerstone of affordable housing in the US. As we move forward, the interplay between finance, policy, and community development will likely continue to shape the landscape of affordable housing, with mobile home parks potentially at the forefront of this important endeavor.

At Keel Team Mobile Home Park Investments, we’re dedicated to enhancing communities while potentially maximizing investor returns. Our focus is on improving residents’ lives while delivering strong profits to our partners. Get in touch using the contact details below to learn more about our investment approach and strategy.

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Tristan manages Investor Relations at Keel Team Real Estate Investment. Keel Team actively syndicates mobile home park investments, with a focus on buying value add, mom & pop owned trailer parks and making them shine again. Tristan is passionate about the mobile home park asset class; with a focus on affordable housing and sustainability.