The Federal Housing Finance Agency is reportedly analyzing the feasibility and cost of principal mortgage reductions for some borrowers under a revamped Home Affordable Modification Program. If the FHFA starts granting mortgage write-downs, it would be viewed as a major reverse of course from an agency that has in the past opposed principal write-downs.
Mortgage applications for Federal Housing Administration loans soared 11 percent from the previous week as borrowers try to rush their applications in to beat the higher FHA costs that will start rolling out on Monday, according to the U.S. Mortgage Market Index report released from Mortech Inc. and Mortgage Daily.
Americans still believe in home ownership, but they’re spooked about the mortgage process, a survey finds. Two-thirds of renters -- across educational and demographic levels -- say they want to purchase a home in the future, according to a quarterly national housing survey of 3,000 Americans conducted by Fannie Mae.
By a 74-22 vote, the Senate passed on March 14 a long-term surface transportation authorization known as "MAP-21" ("Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century"). The bill largely maintains current funding levels for federal transportation programs over the next two years, with some changes to program structures and policies.