USMI STATEMENT ON FHA’S 2021 ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT TO CONGRESS

WASHINGTONLindsey Johnson, President of the U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI), released the following statement on the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) release of its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report to Congress on the Financial Status of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund [hud.gov] (MMIF). This year’s report shows that the MMIF’s combined capital ratio stands at 8.03 percent, up from 6.10 percent for Fiscal Year 2020, an increase of 1.93 percent. The single-family forward mortgage portfolio capital ratio stood at 7.99 percent and the reverse mortgage program stood at 6.08 percent:

“We applaud the FHA’s continued efforts and commitment to sustain the fiscal health of the MMIF. The FHA is a vital part of the housing finance system and a critical resource for borrowers who may not have access to homeownership through the conventional market. We appreciate the FHA’s continued focus on assisting borrowers who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the seriously delinquent rate remains high at 8.81 percent, it continues to improve from a high of 11.9 percent in November 2020. The mortgage market welcomes this improvement and USMI encourages the FHA to remain focused on assisting these borrowers. USMI urges the FHA to maintain its current disciplined approach to policies and pricing to ensure that the long-term financial health of the MMIF best serves future homebuyers and is prepared for an increase in potential foreclosures as the COVID-19 forbearance period ends.

“USMI and our member companies look forward to continuing to work with the FHA, the Administration, and Congress to promote a coordinated and consistent housing market to meet the needs of low-down payment borrowers while protecting taxpayers.”

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