Ensuring that Homeownership is Sustainable

Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability, Vol. 22, Iss. 1, p. 6 - 8, 2016

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 456

5 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2016 Last revised: 10 Jun 2016

Date Written: June 7, 2016


This short article argues that the Federal Housing Administration has suffered as a result of many of the same unrealistic underwriting assumptions that led to problems for many lenders during the 2000s. It, too, was harmed by a housing market as bad as any since the Great Depression. As a result, the federal government announced in 2013 that the FHA would require the first bailout in the agency’s history. While facing financial challenges, the FHA has also come under attack for the poor execution of policies designed to expand homeownership opportunities. Leading commentators have called for the federal government to stop having the FHA do anything but provide liquidity to the low end of the mortgage market. These critics rely on a few examples of agency programs that were clearly failures, but they do not address the FHA’s long history of undertaking comparable initiatives. In fact, the FHA has a history of successfully undertaking new homeownership programs. However, it also has operational flaws that should be addressed before it undertakes similar future homeownership initiatives.

Keywords: FHA, Federal Housing Administration, Mortgage Insurance, Private Mortgage Insurance, PMI, Guaranteed Mortgage, Housing Finance, Mortgage Market, Home Ownership, va, Veterans Administration, Affordable Housing, Down Payment

Suggested Citation

Reiss, David J., Ensuring that Homeownership is Sustainable (June 7, 2016). Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability, Vol. 22, Iss. 1, p. 6 - 8, 2016; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 456. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2791596

David J. Reiss (Contact Author)

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

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