Housing (41 - 50 of 110 items)
Mortgage Financing: Seller-Funded Down-Payment Assistance Changes the Structure of the Purchase Transaction and Negatively Affects Loan Performance
GAO-07-1033T: Published: Jun 22, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2007.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) differs from other key mortgage industry participants in that it allows borrowers to obtain down-payment assistance from nonprofit organizations (nonprofits) that operate programs supported partly by property sellers. Research has raised concerns about how this type of assistance affects home purchase transactions. To assist Congress in considering issues r...
Mortgage Financing: HUD Could Realize Additional Benefits from Its Mortgage Scorecard
GAO-06-435: Published: Apr 13, 2006. Publicly Released: May 15, 2006.
Along with private mortgage providers, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has been impacted by technological advances that began in the mid-1990s and that have significantly affected the way the mortgage industry works. As a result, in 2004, FHA implemented Technology Open to Approved Lenders (TOTAL) Scorecard--an automated tool that evalua...
Mortgage Financing: FHA's $7 Billion Reestimate Reflects Higher Claims and Changing Loan and Performance Estimates
GAO-05-875: Published: Sep 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2005.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through its Federal Housing Administration (FHA), provides insurance for private lenders against losses on home mortgages. FHA's largest insurance program is the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (Fund), which currently is self-financed and operates at a profit. FHA submitted a "reestimate" of $7 billion for the credit subsidy and interest f...
Federal Housing Administration: Managing Risks from a New Zero Down Payment Product
GAO-05-857T: Published: Jun 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2005.
To assist Congress in considering legislation to authorize the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out a pilot program to insure zero down payment mortgages, this testimony provides information about practices mortgage institutions use in designing and implementing low and no down payment products. It also contains information about how these practices could...
Elderly Housing: Federal Housing Programs and Supportive Services
GAO-05-795T: Published: Jun 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2005.
According to a congressionally established bipartisan commission, decreased investment in affordable housing and an elderly population that is projected to grow from about 12 percent of the population in 2002 to 20 percent by 2030 are likely to increase the number of elderly who must spend large portions of their incomes on housing. Moreover, according to this commission, more than one-third of th...
Housing Government-Sponsored Enterprises: A New Oversight Structure Is Needed
GAO-05-576T: Published: Apr 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2005.
Serious concerns exist regarding the risk management practices and the federal oversight of the housing government-sponsored enterprises (GSE)--Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBank System), which had combined obligations of $4.6 trillion as of year-end 2003. In 2003, Freddie Mac disclosed significant accounting irregularities. In 2004, the Office of Federal Housi...
Housing Finance: Options to Help Prevent Suspensions of FHA and RHS Loan Guarantee Programs
GAO-05-227: Published: Mar 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS) guaranteed approximately $136 billion in mortgages for single-family homes, multifamily rental housing, and healthcare facilities under a variety of programs. In past years, both agencies have occasionally had to suspend the iss...
Mortgage Financing: Actions Needed to Help FHA Manage Risks from New Mortgage Loan Products
GAO-05-194: Published: Feb 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2005.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through its Federal Housing Administration (FHA), insures billions of dollars in home mortgage loans made by private lenders. FHA insures low down payment loans and a number of parties have made proposals to either eliminate or otherwise change FHA's borrower contribution requirements. GAO was asked to (1) identify the key characteristics...
Single-Family Housing: HUD's Risk-Based Oversight of Appraisers Could Be Enhanced
GAO-05-14: Published: Nov 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2004.
Incomplete or inaccurate appraisals resulting in property overvaluations may expose the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Single-Family Mortgage Insurance programs--which insured about 3.7million single-family mortgage loans with a total value of about $425 billion in fiscal years 2001 through 2003--to greater financial risks. In 1999, GAO reported on the need for improvements in...
Multifamily Housing: More Accessible HUD Data Could Help Efforts to Preserve Housing for Low-Income Tenants
GAO-04-20: Published: Jan 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2004.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has subsidized the development of over 23,000 properties by offering owners favorable long-term mortgage financing or rental assistance payments in exchange for owners' commitment to house low-income tenants. When owners pay off mortgages--the mortgages "mature"--the subsidized financing ends, raising the possibility of rent increases. GAO was...