Thursday, Nov 12, 2009

FHA propping up housing market

Cnn: Cash cushion shrivels - U.S. housing agency

As banks have clamped down on mortgage lending, the FHA program has emerged as one of the few ways people can buy a home.
Banks are more willing to make FHA loans because they come with a federal guarantee to cover losses if the borrower defaults. And borrowers can more easily qualify for FHA loans because they only need 3.5% down and can have lower credit scores.
As a result, demand for FHA loans has exploded. The agency guaranteed more than $360 billion in single-family mortgages in fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, more than four times the volume in fiscal 2007.

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1. inbreda said...

government funded sub prime. That sounds like a good idea, and a sustainable economic model.

not

Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:53PM Report Comment
 

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