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Urban Institute: HUD watchdog is wrong on borrower-financed down payment programs

Says HUD-OIG misunderstands, overstates issue
A recent report from HUD's watchdog said that HUD does not have sufficient oversight of borrower-financed down payment assistance programs for FHA-insured loans, which puts borrowers and the FHA’s flagship insurance fund at “unnecessary risk.” Analysts from the Urban Institute reviewed the report as well, and came to a different conclusion: HUD’s watchdog is wrong to call out the down payment assistance programs.
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Watchdog: HUD lacks sufficient oversight for borrower-financed down payment programs

Report finds HUD “failed to adequately oversee” more than $16 billion in FHA loans
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s lack of oversight into borrower-financed down payment assistance programs for Federal Housing Administration-insured loans puts borrowers and the FHA’s flagship insurance fund at “unnecessary risk,” HUD’s watchdog said in a new report.
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Franklin First Financial fined $1.25 million for FHA loan violations

Allegedly concealed default rates by paying borrowers’ mortgages for them
Franklin First Financial is set to join a list of mortgage lenders that settled with the Department of Justice for violating Federal Housing Administration lending standards, but unlike Wells Fargo, Walter Investment, and a host of others, Franklin First isn’t settling allegations. Rather, the government accused Franklin First of paying borrowers mortgages to keep them from defaulting, thereby concealing the lender’s default rates.
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A private mortgage insurer’s view on the FHA mortgage insurance premium suspension

Genworth: What is it the government’s role in mortgage insurance?
When the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it suspended the reduction of FHA mortgage insurance premiums, it helped the private mortgage insurance market retain $10 billion in volume. Duane Duncan, head of Government relations at Genworth, gave an inside perspective of how the move impacts the private sector, whether it's reenacted or forever off the table.
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Realtors ask Trump to reinstate FHA mortgage insurance premium cut

Estimates reduced MI premiums could bring in 40,000 new homebuyers
The National Association of Realtors believes that the Trump administration’s recent decision to suspend a reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s annual mortgage premiums will keep as many as 40,000 potential homebuyers from becoming actual homebuyers in 2017, and wants the premium cut reinstated “as soon as possible.”
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Industry reacts: Is Trump's suspension of FHA mortgage insurance premium cut good or bad?

Suspended indefinitely
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to suspend the reduction of Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums didn’t come as a shocker. But while the industry knew the uncertainty surrounding the situation, they’re left divided on the issue. How much disruption will this delay cause?
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Sources: Trump plans repeal of FHA mortgage insurance premium cut

Will it be a delay or an indefinite delay?
With President-elect Trump’s inauguration mere hours away, it appears that the Trump administration will do more than just “examine” the FHA premium cut once Trump is sworn on. According to multiple sources, the FHA premium cut, which is currently scheduled to go into effect on January 27, will be delayed, if not done away with entirely, by the incoming Trump administration.
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Will Trump, Republicans overturn latest FHA mortgage insurance cut?

Hensarling: Obama's "parting gift" puts FHA at risk of bailout
While many in the housing industry appear pleased by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to cut Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums later this month, the real question is whether the cuts, announced by a Democratic administration in its last days, will survive under the new Republican administration.
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Housing industry welcomes FHA mortgage insurance premium cut

Positive reaction from across the industry
The Federal Housing Administration surprised some in the housing industry on Monday by reversing course and announcing plans to cut its annual mortgage insurance premiums, less than two months after saying there were no plans for further cuts. Reactions to the FHA’s announcement varied from welcoming the cuts to wondering why it took the FHA so long to make the move.
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FHA cuts mortgage insurance premiums again

"Most new mortgages" will see cut of 25 basis points in annual premiums
When the FHA announced late last year that its flagship fund, the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, grew for the fourth straight year, it led many to question whether we would see a cut to mortgage insurance premiums again. Now we have an answer.
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