Mortgage Archive

State and Local Down Payment Assistance is Important

One of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) important functions is to provide insurance on low down payment mortgages. The majority of FHA-financed mortgages have a down payment of 3.5%. A homebuyer can get assistance for the down payment from...

Rising Home Prices and Falling Mortgage Debt

Today’s homeowners are in the best financial shape in recent memory. Home prices have been rising while overall mortgage debt levels have been falling. As a result the net housing equity has nearly doubled in the past four years....

For the FHA, Pricing Springs Eternal

Following several years of premium increases, the FHA implemented a 50 basis point reduction in its annual mortgage insurance fee in 2015.  The sharp reduction was expected to boost affordability for entry-level and disadvantaged home buyers and to stimulate...

Will Setting Clear Rules Help Expand Credit?

When lenders originate a loan, they often sell these loans to investors rather than holding the loans in their portfolios.  These investors set requirements for the loans they will buy and if those requirements are not met, they may...

Return Buyers: Many Already Here, Many More to Come

Executive Summary Default rates jumped in 2006 and between then and 2014 nearly 9.3 million borrowers were foreclosed on, received a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sold their home.  To date, nearly a million of these former...