PMI Insurers Winning FHA Smackdown

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Among the charts and tests summarizing most of the housing finance news that emerged during July, the latest issue of the Urban Institute’s (UI’s) Housing Finance Chartbook contained a few unique visualizations. First, loans featuring coverage by private market insurers (PMI) surpassed the market share of loans insured by FHA for the first time in two years. This switch is apparently due to the April adjustment of PMI premiums, which dropped the cost for low risk borrowers and raised them for those with a higher credit risk profile. There has probably also been some impact on the distribution from some larger lenders who have focused on marketing the lower down payment opportunities offered through new GSE products. Whatever the reasons, the PMI industry’s share of originations increased from…(read more)

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