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Volume 7 - Number 11

May 23, 2014

Lenders Leery of FHA’s HAWK Initiative

Mortgage industry stakeholders are wary of a new FHA proposal to offer mortgage insurance premium reductions to borrowers who agree to complete housing counseling before and after they obtain an FHA-insured mortgage loan. The FHA is seeking comment on a proposed four-year, two-phase housing counseling pilot, “HAWK for New Homebuyers.” HAWK is an acronym for Homeowners Armed With Knowledge, and includes several initiatives aimed at broadening the use of counseling in FHA origination and servicing. HAWK is a component of the “Blueprint for Access,” which FHA announced on May 13 as part of the agency’s efforts to expand access to credit for underserved borrowers. The HAWK pilot would provide FHA pricing incentives to first-time homebuyers who participate in ...

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