It’s official: Obama to direct FHA to cut mortgage insurance premiums

Julie C. Nichols General

HousingWire – Ben Lane

The Obama Administration is directing, via executive action, the Federal Housing Administration to reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points, from 1.35% to 0.85%. While the White House says that the new premium level is fully consistent with the FHA’s commitment to continue strengthening its financial health through growing reserves, the Republicans in Congress have reservations that the Congressionally-mandated reserves are well funded. Further, the action is certain to receive pushback in the new Republican-controlled Congress, which has to approve the cut.

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