USMI Statement on U.S. Senate’s Confirmation of Mark Calabria as New Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency

WASHINGTON Lindsey Johnson, President of U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI), today issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Mark Calabria as the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director:

“USMI applauds the Senate’s confirmation of Director Mark Calabria to serve as the next FHFA Director. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the ‘GSEs’), the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks, market participants, and American homebuyers will be well-served under Director Calabria’s leadership at this critical time in the housing finance system.

“Director Calabria’s deep understanding of the mortgage finance system will be invaluable in promoting a more robust housing market that provides borrowers with access to affordable low down payment mortgage credit while simultaneously protecting taxpayers from undue mortgage credit risk. Director Calabria has long been an advocate for greater taxpayer protection against mortgage credit risk, including the use of private mortgage insurance (MI) to shield taxpayers and the federal government from financial risk on low down payment lending. We are confident that Director Calabria will continue to recognize the importance of private MI in the housing finance system.

“We look forward to working closely with Director Calabria to ensure that homebuyers continue to have affordable and prudent options for low down payment mortgage finance credit while also protecting taxpayers. For more than 60 years, private mortgage insurers have played a leading role in promoting affordable and sustainable homeownership and we look forward to building upon this important mission in the future.”

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U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI) is dedicated to a housing finance system backed by private capital that enables access to housing finance for borrowers while protecting taxpayers. Mortgage insurance offers an effective way to make mortgage credit available to more people. USMI is ready to help build the future of homeownership. Learn more at www.usmi.org.

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