The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is planning to look for ways that the US-backed mortgage giants can make refinancing loans easier for borrowers.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin L. Watt disclosed the push Friday at an event in which he announced an extension through 2016 of the two companies’ Home Affordable Refinance Program for loans issued before the housing crash and their use of the Home Affordable Modification Program for struggling borrowers.

The FHFA is “going to use this time to explore possible streamlined refinance solutions for future enterprise loans,” Watt said in remarks prepared for a Los Angeles speech. “This evaluation will consider the lessons learned from the HARP program and how those might apply in a non-crisis environment.”