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Volume 10 - Number 3

February 3, 2017

Carson Wants a ‘Housing Finance Specialist’ as FHA Commissioner

Housing and Urban Secretary-Designate Ben Carson said he would want an expert in housing finance to lead the FHA and help draw disillusioned lenders back into the FHA single-family mortgage program. In a written response to questions from Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Carson provided no detail on how he would entice previous lenders to return to the FHA. Carson made clear, however, that if confirmed he would seek a “strong housing finance practitioner who believes in the mission of the FHA” for the job of FHA commissioner. “We will work hard to balance mission and risk to preserve and sustain FHA now and into the future,” he wrote. “We will also use existing authorities to increase the certainty of loan eligibility in an effort to attract back many of the lenders who are no longer ...

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