Could FHA’s Recovery Lead to Reduced Mortgage Insurance Premiums?

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHA) had to be bailed out by the U.S. Treasury during the financial crisis after its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund was nearly depleted. Congress has long mandated a 2.0 percent ratio in its fund, but the agency’s 2011 annual report reported the fund was down to 0.24 percent of its balance of guaranteed loans. In its annual report this November FHA reported the FY2019 capital ratio of the fund was 4.85 percent. This is a notable recovery , but even more so when compared to the ratio in FY2018, 2.76 percent. Both the forward portfolio with insurance on $1.2 trillion of mortgages and the reverse mortgage portfolio with insurance on $64 billion showed large improvements Urban Institute (UI) analysts Laurie Goodman and Edward Goldman took a deeper look at what…(read more)

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