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Volume 7 - Number 11

May 23, 2014

Downloads Available: Top FHA Lenders - 3M2014

FHA Volume Suffers Further in First Quarter of 2014

Total FHA originations dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2014 as borrower access to credit remained a big problem for the agency, according to Inside FHA Lending’s analysis of agency data. FHA lenders ended the first quarter with a combined $28.3 billion in new originations, down 21.0 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Production also fell a whopping 55.6 percent from the same period a year ago. Purchase transactions comprised the bulk of new FHA loans but, so far, the much-anticipated boom in new purchase lending has yet to materialize. The high cost of FHA loans, due mainly to higher mortgage insurance premiums and a requirement to maintain mortgage insurance for the life of the loan, has made it difficult for borrowers to obtain an FHA-insured loan. Lender overlays also have restricted access to FHA credit. The FHA has raised premiums five times since 2009 to ... [1 chart]

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