FHA Modernization Act Passes in the US Senate

FHA Modernization Act of 2007 passed in the US Senate today and is now headed to President Bush. It had passed the house on June 25th.

For those unfamiliar with this bill here is a brief summary from the HUD website :

1) Create a new, risk-based insurance premium structure for FHA that would match the premium amount with the credit profile of the borrower . It would replace the current structure, in which there is standard premium amount for all borrowers, while still protecting the soundness of its Insurance Fund.

2) Eliminate the current statutory three percent minimum down payment, reducing a significant barrier to homeownership . FHA’s existing down payment requirement does not meet the demands of today’s marketplace, where most first-time homebuyers put down two percent or less. The “new” FHA would offer a variety of down payment options.

3) Increase and simplify FHA’s loan limits. FHA’s loan limit in high-cost areas would rise from 87 to 100 percent of the GSE conforming loan limit and in lower-cost areas from 48 to 65 percent of the conforming loan limit.

Additional details is also available on the FHA website.

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