Turbulence in Lending, Not a Trend

Turbulence in Lending, Not a Trend

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a critical role in the housing market by guaranteeing financing to underserved portions of the population and by providing support to the broader housing market during cyclical downturns. In late 2016, a measure of...
Appraisal: A Candle Burnt at Both Ends

Appraisal: A Candle Burnt at Both Ends

Refinancing soared in 2015 and 2016 as rates fell, while burgeoning home sales pushed over the five million sales mark and the TRID regulation was implemented. In this environment, anecdotes of delayed closing, difficulties getting appraisals and even “rush” fees for...
Broad Impact of the FHA Fee Freeze

Broad Impact of the FHA Fee Freeze

In late January, the new Trump administration froze a number of policy changes made in the waning days of the Obama Presidency. One such change, a 25 basis point increase in the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) charged by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), was...
FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Flash Survey

FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Flash Survey

On January 10th, the FHA lowered its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by 25 basis points. That decision was put on hold pending a review on January 21st. This alteration to the FHA’s fee structure was unique as it made many borrowers in the current pipeline...