FHA Watch, January/February 2013

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  • FHA fairy tales: separating fact from fiction.

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  • Nightmare at FHA continues, with capital continuing to decline.

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Read Vol. I, No. 12, December 2012.
Explore the Nightmare at FHA project.

This Issue's Highlight
FHA Fairy Tales

A number of fairy tales were told at the House Financial Services Committee’s February 6 hearing on the proper role of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in our mortgage insurance market. FHA Watch separates fact from fiction in this new recurring feature.

This Month's Features

FHA Fairy Tales
Debunking Two Fairy Tales from the Financial Services Committee’s February Hearing

Spotlight on Insolvency
FHA’s Estimated GAAP Net Worth Equals –$26.24 Billion, with a Capital Shortfall of $46–65 Billion

Spotlight on Delinquency
Overall Rate Increases to 16.72 Percent as 30-Day Delinquencies Rise

Spotlight on Best Price Execution
FHA’s Pricing Dominance Eases as Ginnie’s MBS Execution Advantage over Fannie Narrows

Spotlight on Differences Between the Practices of the VA and the FHA
An Overview of the Veterans Affairs Residual Income Approach

End the Nightmare at FHA
Fundamental and Comprehensive Reform of the FHA Is Urgently Needed

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