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HUD Secretary Speaks on Possibility of FHA Bailout

The Obama administration released Wednesday its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2014, revealing that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) may require a bailout of up to $943 million to reinforce its capital reserves. The agency has drawn fire in recent months over the losses it took from insuring risky loans before the crisis. In a conference call with reporters, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan explained the ground gained from the estimated $16.3 billion shortfall to today's estimated $943 million deficit is the result of newer, safer business expected this year.

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CFPB Files Complaints Against Mortgage Insurers for Alleged Kickbacks

The CFPB took action against four mortgage insurance companies who gave kickbacks to lenders in exchange for business. The CFPB filed complaints and proposed consent orders against Genworth U.S. Mortgage Insurance Corporation, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation, Radian Guaranty Inc., and United Guaranty Corporation for their alleged roles in kickback arrangements. ""The orders announced today put an end to these types of arrangements and require these insurers to pay more than $15 million in penalties for violating the law,"" said CFPB director Richard Cordray.

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House Reps Renew Efforts to Reinforce FHA

The FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) and sponsored by Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Massachusetts), is designed to give the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) more flexibility to take action against originators who engage in faulty underwriting or who have high loan losses. Additional measures include authorizing the agency to require indemnification for improperly written loans. Lawmakers say there is clear, bipartisan agreement on the need to provide FHA with additional risk management tools.

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FHA Outlines Changes to Manage Risk, Protect MMI Fund

Keeping her promise to Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Federal Housing Administration commissioner Carol Galante announced a series of changes that will allow the agency to better manage risk and strengthen its anemic Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. The first major change will be the consolidation of FHA's Standard Fixed-Rate Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and Saver Fixed Rate HECM pricing options. In addition, the agency plans to increase its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by 0.10 percent for most new mortgages and by 0.05 percent for jumbo loans.

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National MI Approved as Eligible Mortgage Insurer by GSEs

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac approved National Mortgage Insurance Corporation as an eligible mortgage insurer, the new private insurer announced. According to National MI, the GSEs have indicated they will be ready to accept loans insured by the company in the second quarter of 2013.

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KBW Expects ‘Modest Changes’ in Mortgage Market in New Year

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) a boutique investment bank and broker-dealer, recently released its predictions for the mortgage market for the year 2013, entitled Watching Grass Grow: Mortgage Reform in 2013. As the title implies, KBW does not expect major changes in the New Year. However the investment bank does expect some ""modest changes in the mortgage landscape driven by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).""

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent FHA Bailout

The new year may bring with it new reforms for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) as Congress considers a bill designed to bring the agency back to fiscal solvency. It was revealed in November that FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund--its protection against the cost of default claims--had fallen to a reserve ratio of -1.44 percent for fiscal year 2012. The agency is mandated by law to have a ratio of 2 percent. In response, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) has introduced an amendment to reduce the risk of what would be FHA's first-ever taxpayer bailout.

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