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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...
Nonprime Mortgages: Analysis of Loan Performance, Factors Associated with Defaults, and Data Sources
GAO-10-805: Published: Aug 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2010.
The surge in mortgage foreclosures that began in late 2006 and continues today was initially driven by deterioration in the performance of nonprime (subprime and Alt-A) loans. Nonprime mortgage originations increased dramatically from 2000 through 2006, rising from about 12 percent ($125 billion) of all mortgage originations to about 34 percent ($1 trillion). The nonprime market contracted sharply...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Analysis of Options for Revising the Housing Enterprises' Long-term Structures
GAO-09-782: Published: Sep 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2009.
Congress established Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the enterprises) with two key housing missions: (1) provide stability in the secondary market for residential mortgages (also in periods of economic stress) and (2) serve the mortgage credit needs of targeted groups such as low-income borrowers. To accomplish these goals, the enterprises issued debt and stock, purchased mortgages from lenders with t...
Single-Family Housing: Opportunities to Improve Federal Foreclosure and Property Sale Processes
GAO-02-305: Published: Apr 17, 2002. Publicly Released: May 17, 2002.
Federal programs in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Rural Housing Service (RHS) promote mortgage financing for low-income, first-time, minority, veteran, and rural home buyers. Congress has also chartered private corporations--Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--to provide mortgage lending and to promote homeownership opportunities. Many homeowner...
FHA Loan Limits: Finance Board Data Are a Reasonable Source of Home Sales Prices
RCED-99-78: Published: Mar 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on housing prices from sources other than the Federal Housing Finance Board, focusing on: (1) comparing data on house prices from the Finance Board with data the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) collects to measure house price changes; (2) views of officials of the agen...
Homeownership: Achievements of and Challenges Faced by FHA's Single-Family Mortgage Insurance Program
T-RCED-98-217: Published: Jun 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1998.
GAO discussed: (1) the achievements of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) home mortgage insurance program, including the extent that home buyers use FHA insurance, the characteristics of these home buyers--including whether they were first-time home buyers--and how many of them might also qualify for private mortgage insurance; (2) how the insurance terms available through FHA's principal...
Government Sponsored Enterprises: Advantages and Disadvantages of Creating a Single Housing GSE Regulator
GGD-97-139: Published: Jul 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of creating a single regulator for the three housing government-sponsored enterprises (GSE).GAO noted that: (1) GAO's ongoing work has strengthened its belief that the housing GSE regulators would be more effective if combined and authorized to oversee both safety and soundness and mission compliance; (2) nothing GA...
Information Technology: Streamlining FHA's Single Family Housing Operations
AIMD-97-4: Published: Oct 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) streamlining plans, focusing on: (1) FHA plans to use information technology to support the streamlining of single-family housing operations and reduce staff; (2) similarities between FHA initiatives and those undertaken by leading mortgage organizations to increase productivity; and (3) FHA efforts to ens...
Homeownership: FHA's Role in Helping People Obtain Home Mortgages
RCED-96-123: Published: Aug 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) role in helping people to obtain home mortgages.GAO found that: (1) FHA and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs allow borrowers to make smaller downpayments and accumulate higher total debt to income ratios than private mortgage insurers (PMI); (2) FHA programs finance closing costs...
Housing Finance: Implications of Alternative Methods of Adjusting the Conforming Loan Limit
RCED-95-6: Published: Oct 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the methodology that the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) uses to adjust the conforming loan limit, focusing on: (1) the effect of using alternative adjustment methods on the loan limit; (2) the implications of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's decision to maintain the 1993 l...