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U.S. budget plan includes increase for FHA

The White House budget proposal to be unveiled next week includes an increase in borrowing costs for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, industry sources said Tuesday.

The move is part of a broader revamp of the U.S. housing finance system to reduce the role of the government in the mortgage market, including a gradual wind-down of government-controlled mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

U.S. extends FHA program for flipped houses

The Obama administration on Friday extended through the end of the year a popular program allowing buyers of flipped homes to obtain loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

Flipping refers to the practice of buying a home and quickly reselling it at a profit. The FHA in 2003 banned buyers from obtaining government-backed mortgage insurance on homes bought less than 90 days after a previous sale. Get the full story »

FHA to raise cost of loans next month

The Federal Housing Administration plans on Sept. 7 to raise the cost of loans backed by the agency in an effort to strengthen its cash-strapped balance sheet.

The move follows Senate approval this week of a bill to allow the FHA to nearly triple the annual fees it charges borrowers, though the FHA plans more modest increases at first. The House¬† had approved its version and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill this month. Get the full story »

Bernanke sees many ways to go on Fannie, Freddie

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke believes lawmakers have multiple options when it comes to replacing troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“There are a variety of organizational forms that might replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could likely provide mortgage credit without the systemic risks associated with these institutions in the past,” Bernanke said in a set of written responses to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio)¬† released Friday. Get the full story »

Premium for FHA mortgage insurance set to rise

The Obama administration, in an effort to shore up the Federal Housing Administration’s finances, is set to increase the annual premium the agency charges borrowers for mortgage insurance.

Under a measure that cleared Congress this week, the FHA would get authority to raise the annual premium it charges borrowers to 1.55 percent from the current 0.55 percent. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. Get the full story »