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VOL. 128 | NO. 109 | Wednesday, June 05, 2013

FHA Reverse Mortgage Losses May Require Bailout

ANDREW MIGA | Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Federal Housing Administration says her agency may need as much as a $1 billion rescue package to bolster its reserves despite efforts to shore up its finances with higher mortgage insurance premiums.

FHA Commissioner Carol Galante told a Senate committee on Tuesday that her agency, which insures some 40 million home mortgages, is struggling with more than $5 billion in losses on reverse mortgages this year. Galante says the FHA played a crucial role in bringing the housing market back from the brink of collapse, but at a heavy financial price to itself.

The FHA is required by law to maintain reserves equal to 2 percent of the total amount of home mortgages it insures. It currently has about $32 billion in reserves.

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PROPERTY SALES 73 391 11,120
MORTGAGES 88 481 13,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 198 969 24,034
BANKRUPTCIES 54 288 8,432
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 126 3,771
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