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Overview of GAO's Past Work on FHA's Single-Family Mortgage Insurance Programs
GAO-13-400R: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
Among other things, GAO's past work discusses FHA's financial condition and steps the agency has taken to improve its financial condition. As housing prices began to decline at the end of 2006 and conventional mortgage lenders tightened their underwriting standards, more homebuyers began taking advantage of FHA-insured loans, which tend to have less strict underwriting standards and require lower...
Homeownership Counseling: Although Research Suggests Some Benefits, Implementation and Evaluation Challenges Exist
GAO-11-925T: Published: Sep 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Homeownership counseling can help consumers learn about buying a home and give them tools to deal with setbacks that could keep them from making timely mortgage payments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approves and provides grants to housing counseling agencies and has also implemented a requirement that borrowers seeking federally insured reverse mortgages through the Home...
Financial Literacy: A Federal Certification Process for Providers Would Pose Challenges
GAO-11-614: Published: Jun 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2011.
Financial literacy plays an important role in helping ensure the financial health and stability of individuals and families, and efforts to improve consumers' financial literacy have grown in recent years. Currently, hundreds of nonprofit, private, and governmental entities provide some form of financial education to Americans. The federal government does not certify or approve organizations in ge...
Homeownership: Loan Policy Changes Made to Strengthen FHA's Mortgage Insurance Program
RCED-91-61: Published: Mar 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed policy changes to the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) single-family mortgage insurance program, focusing on the: (1) effect of the changes on the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund's cash position; and (2) House-Senate Conference Committee on Housing Legislation's attempts to enact housing legislation.GAO found that: (1) the Fund's cash posi...