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Analysts Stress Need for FHA Reform

As the government works toward GSE reform, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) says reform for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) should also be a top concern. Though FHA has raised premiums, sold off distressed loans, and reduced its share of low down payment loans to counter its shrinking mortgage insurance fund, KBW's analysts underscore the need for longer-term measures of change, and they say reform legislation currently on the table is unlikely to pass.

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FHA to Take First Ever Bailout

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will be accepting a bailout of more than $1 billion to make up for losses sustained from the agency's legacy books and its reverse mortgage program. Following reports last week that FHA's financial situation would require a Treasury draw in the neighborhood of the Obama administration's $943 million forecast, Commissioner Carol Galante revealed in a letter to the Senate Banking Committee that the agency is taking an appropriation of approximately $1.7 billion.

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Freddie Mac Agreement Brings Down Radian’s August Delinquencies

Radian Guaranty Inc. reported a decline in primary mortgage insurance delinquencies in August. The monthly release, based on statistics reported to Radian from loan servicers, showed delinquent inventory fell by 11,715 (15.2 percent) over August to end the month at 65,427. The majority of the monthly decline came from a master transaction agreement with Freddie Mac which removed its exposure to 9,756 loans that were delinquent as of December 31, 2011 (in addition to 4,586 re-performing loans).

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Radian Announces Claims Agreement with Freddie Mac

Radian Guaranty Inc., the mortgage insurance subsidiary of Radian Group Inc., has entered into a master transaction agreement with Freddie Mac which the company says eliminates its claim exposure on 9,756 delinquent mortgage loans and 4,586 re-performing loans. The agreement involves a group of 25,760 first-lien mortgages held by Freddie Mac that were insured by Radian and were delinquent as of December 31, 2011. The agreement spells out future claim payments, loss mitigation activity, and insurance coverage of these loans.

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Genworth Adds Two to MI Senior Leadership Team

Genworth Financial, Inc., announced Wednesday that the company is strengthening the senior leadership team of its U.S. Mortgage Insurance (USMI) unit with the addition of two key executives. Paul Gomez was recently promoted to COO of USMI, and George Reichert was named chief information officer (CIO).

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Private Mortgage Insurers Increase Business Activity in July

Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA) reported its members issued 50,575 policies to start the year's second half, up from 49,666 in June and 39,192 in July 2012. Dollar volume of primary new insurance written totaled $13 billion, marking the fifth straight month of gains. (Despite a decline in policies issued in June, dollar volume still saw an increase to $12.3 billion). After falling in June, the number of private mortgage insurance applications ticked up in July, climbing to 53,502--indicating another potential increase in activity in the near future.

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Do Natural Disasters Lead to Loan Default?

Homeowners whose homes are located in designated flood zones are required to purchase flood insurance, and others in areas where natural disasters are common may also be required to insure against those risks. However, CoreLogic economists recently asked if that is enough to guard against these risks. In particular, they asked, are homeowners more likely to default when natural disaster strikes? The answer, in short, is ""yes.""

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Report: FHA’s Financial Woes May Be Greater than Prior Estimates

A House panel is investigating what it believes is an attempt by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) officials to cover up the full details of the agency's financial troubles regarding its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reviewed emails between FHA and IFE Inc., the firm that conducted the agency's actuarial report last year.

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Private Mortgage Insurers Report Improvements in March

Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA) reported a lift in business in March, with dollar volume rising both month-over-month and year-over-year. At the same time, the number of private mortgage insurance applications received by MICA members totaled 43,278 in March, up from 36,793 in February and 32,540 in March 2012. March's application volume was the highest since last October, when MICA members reported receiving 46,045 applications.

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