The bank is considering reentering the FHA market, which it fled in 2014 due to tougher regulations and onerous monetary penalties for violating lending rules. The exit of large banks allowed nonbanks to establish a foothold and the correspondent market to flourish in the FHA space.
The revised defect taxonomy will hardly nudge banks to return to or increase participation in FHA programs despite tighter standards for identifying and curing defective loans, according to industry stakeholders.
In 2020, FHA is poised to take a significant chunk of high-risk business as Fannie and Freddie continue to draw back from the over-95% LTV market. VA is expected to continue its slow-growth trajectory.