Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The second in a series of hearings to examine the financial health of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will take place next week in Washington, D.C., according to an announcement on Friday from the chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services will hold the second hearing in the series, entitled The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration, Part II, on Thursday, February 26, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Witnesses for the hearing will be announced next week.The first hearing in the series took place on February 11 in the House Committee on Financial Services, where U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro testified before Congress for the first time since being appointed to that position in July 2014.Republicans on the HFS Committee grilled Castro in that hearing on the FHA’s financial state, and in particular the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, which reported a capital reserve ratio of 0.41 percent in November – less than a quarter of its required 2 percent level. Castro repeatedly praised the fund’s recent growth, predicted that the MMI fund would reach that 2 percent level within two years, and defended FHA’s recent lowering of the mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points down to 0.85 percent.Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), the chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, was one of the most vocal critics of FHA’s policies during last week’s hearing.”Today’s testimony from Secretary Castro was disconcerting to say the least,” Luetkemeyer said in a statement following Castro’s testimony to the Committee. “The Secretary’s answers were as inconsistent and alarming as FHA’s policies. It is clear to me that this agency suffers from not only misguided policy but also mismanagement. FHA continues to try to grow its way out of a problem, and it is putting the American taxpayers at risk. FHA today holds less than one quarter of the capital it is statutorily required to hold in the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. When you remove the 2013 taxpayer bailout of $1.7 billion and billions of dollars more in Justice Department settlements, the capitalization of the fund falls to .08 percent. If a private company operated the way FHA operates, it would be shut down.”Also next week, according to Hensarling’s announcement on Friday, there will be a full Committee hearing to receive the semi-annual report on Monetary Policy and State of the Economy from Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve. That hearing will take place Wednesday, February 25, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time. House Subcommittee to Hold Second Hearing on FHA’s Financial State About Author: Brian Honea Federal Housing Administration FHA House Committee on Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee 2015-02-20 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 20, 2015 973 Views Related Articles Share Save Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Previous: Default Risk Index For Agency Purchase Loans Hits Series High Next: Leading Economic Indicators Grow at Moderate Pace The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / House Subcommittee to Hold Second Hearing on FHA’s Financial State Print This Post Tagged with: Federal Housing Administration FHA House Committee on Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe
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