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Volume 7 - Number 6

March 14, 2014

FHA Effort to Shrink Role Helped Spur MI Growth

The FHA’s effort to shrink its presence in the mortgage insurance market to make room for private capital has benefited the private mortgage insurance industry, which has reclaimed some market share from its main government rival. This acknowledgement by private mortgage insurers during this week’s launch of a new MI industry trade association helped clarify the question of whether market stabilization or the FHA’s deliberate effort to reduce its participation in the market drove MI growth over the past three years. “If you think back, the FHA has been very vocal, particularly [Department of Housing and Urban Development] Secretary Shaun Donovan, about wanting to rebalance private MI participation in the market,” said Teresa Bryce Bazemore, president of Radian Guaranty and a member of the board of directors of the new trade group, U.S. Mortgage Insurers. “We saw our share of the market grow by more than 11 percent in 2013, and I think that is a ...

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