FHA Watch, March 2013 (Vol. 2, No. 3)

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  • FHA should implement VA lending best practices.

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  • FHA continuing to fail working-class families and communities.

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Read Volume 2, No. 2, March 2013.
Explore the Nightmare at FHA project.

This Issue's Highlight

Veterans Affairs (VA) charges one-third the premium of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on a present-value basis and experiences a loss rate that is 20 percent of the FHA’s. VA mortgage-backed security (MBS) issuers absorb a loss rate 1.6 times that of FHA issuers yet are paid the same servicing fee and pay the same Ginnie Mae guarantee fee.

Implementing VA’s best practices, including reducing the FHA’s loan loss coverage percentage from 100 percent to 50 percent, would reduce the deleterious impact of FHA practices on working-class families and neighborhoods and help promote the responsible expansion of credit access to working-class families.

As demonstrated by the VA best practices over many decades, a coverage level well below 100 percent may be sustained without impacting the cost of FHA financing. Over time, the cost of FHA financing could go down.

This Month’s Features

Spotlight on Insolvency
FHA’s Estimated GAAP Net Worth Equals –$32.13 Billion, with a Capital Shortfall of $52–72 Billion

Spotlight on Delinquency
Overall Rate Declines to 15.97 Percent

Spotlight on Best Price Execution
FHA, VA, and USDA’s Pricing Dominance Little Changed

Spotlight on Differences Between the Practices of the VA and the FHA
Comparing the VA’s and the FHA’s Loan Loss Coverage Percentages

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

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