Financial management (1 - 10 of 28 items)
Homeownership Counseling: Although Research Suggests Some Benefits, Implementation and Evaluation Challenges Exist
GAO-11-925T: Published: Sep 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Homeownership counseling can help consumers learn about buying a home and give them tools to deal with setbacks that could keep them from making timely mortgage payments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approves and provides grants to housing counseling agencies and has also implemented a requirement that borrowers seeking federally insured reverse mortgages through the Home...
Mortgage Financing: Financial Condition of FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund
GAO-10-1066T: Published: Sep 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2010.
This testimony is on the financial condition of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (Fund). FHA has helped millions of families purchase homes through its single-family mortgage insurance programs and in recent years, has experienced a dramatic increase in its market role. FHA insures almost all of its single-family mortgages under the Fund, which is reviewed...
Mandate on Department of Housing and Urban Development's Alternative Credit Pilot Program
GAO-10-876R: Published: Jul 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2010.
When potential borrowers apply for a mortgage loan, lenders typically use borrowers' credit scores--which are based on their credit payment histories, debt, length of credit history, new credit accounts or requests, and types of credit used--to help determine their creditworthiness. However, some borrowers have limited or no credit histories, and lenders are unable to determine their creditworthin...
Reverse Mortgages: Policy Changes Have Had Mostly Positive Effects on Lenders and Borrowers, but These Changes and Market Developments Have Increased HUD's Risk
GAO-09-836: Published: Jul 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2009.
Reverse mortgages--a type of loan against home equity available to seniors--are growing in popularity. A large majority of reverse mortgages are insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) made several modifications to the HECM program, including changes in how origin...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Defaults and Foreclosures on Home Mortgages
GAO-09-231T: Published: Dec 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2008.
A dramatic increase in mortgage loan defaults and foreclosures is one of the key contributing factors to the current downturn in the U.S. financial markets and economy. In response, Congress passed and the President signed in July the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and in October the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA), which established the Office of Financial Stability...
Information on Recent Default and Foreclosure Trends for Home Mortgages and Associated Economic and Market Developments
GAO-08-78R: Published: Oct 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2007.
Substantial growth in the mortgage market in recent years has helped many Americans become homeowners. However, as of the latest quarterly data available, June 2007, more than 1 million mortgages were in default or foreclosure, an increase of 50 percent compared with June 2005. Defaults and foreclosures on home mortgages can impose significant costs on borrowers, lenders, mortgage investors, and n...
Alternative Mortgage Products: Impact on Defaults Remains Unclear, but Disclosure of Risks to Borrowers Could Be Improved
GAO-06-1021: Published: Sep 19, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2006.
Alternative mortgage products (AMPs) can make homes more affordable by allowing borrowers to defer repayment of principal or part of the interest for the first few years of the mortgage. Recent growth in AMP lending has heightened the importance of borrowers' understanding and lenders' management of AMP risks. This report discusses the (1) recent trends in the AMP market, (2) potential AMP risks f...
Mortgage Financing: Financial Health of the Federal Housing Administration's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund
T-RCED-00-287: Published: Sep 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the financial health of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, focusing on: (1) the activities of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) home mortgage insurance program; (2) how the reserves of the Fund are estimated; (3) GAO's views on determining an adequate level of reserves; (4) actions that Congress and the Secretary of the Department of Hou...
Mortgage Financing: Level of Annual Premiums That Place a Ceiling on Distributions to FHA Policyholders
RCED-00-280R: Published: Sep 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) number of borrowers insured by the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund who might have been eligible to receive dividends from their mortgage insurance if the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) had been required to pay distributive shares in FY 1999; and (2) amount of annual premiums these individuals paid.GAO noted that: (1) in...
High-Loan-to-Value Lending: Information on Loans Exceeding Home Value
GGD-98-169: Published: Aug 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on high-loan-to-value (HLTV) loans, focusing on the: (1) characteristics of HLTV loans; (2) major organizations that provided HLTV lending; (3) volume of HLTV lending in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and the expected volume in 1998; and (4) benefits and risks of HLTV lending for borrowers, lenders, investors, and regulated depository institutio...