Public officials and housing analysts are closely watching President Obama's pick to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), particularly with regard to the future stance on mortgage forbearance and principal reductions of home loans guaranteed by the U.S. government.
The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing recently to discuss the Independent Foreclosure Review, the goal of which is to identify borrowers who suffered financial harm because of errors in their foreclosure processing.
A broker in New York has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for falsifying FHA mortgage insurance documents in order to close millions of dollars of loans from 2007 to 2010.
Lowering credit score requirements for new borrowers isn’t likely to raise their overall risk profiles, according to industry stakeholders
The fate of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has become a politically-charged issue in Capitol Hill. Since 2008, the FHA has taken on a significant amount of risk as the lender of last resort in the United States. If not for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA, the American housing market would have suffered an even more damaging collapse since it is unlikely that the private sector could have provided the financial guarantees that the government-sponsored mortgage investors have extended to borrowers over the last few years.
The sustainability and financial condition of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is not as bad as initially thought. Days before President Barack Obama issued a spending proposal to keep the FHA alive, analysts at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal speculated that the improving median home prices in the United States are helping to reduce the troubled agency’s mortgage investment portfolio. The analysts were right in this regard, but the White House’s assessment of the FHA also revealed plenty to be concerned about.