U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said on Monday the FHA will reduce the annual premiums most borrowers will be required to pay by a quarter of a percent.
The FHA is reducing its annual mortgage insurance premium by 25 basis points for most new mortgages with a closing or disbursement date on or after Jan. 27th. The new rates are projected to save new FHA insured home buyers an average of $500 this year, Castro indicated.
The secretary said consumers are facing higher credit costs as mortgage interest rates are increasing. Mortgage rates have crept higher since the FED's decision late 2016.
"After four straight years of growth with sufficient reserves on hand to meet future claims, it's time for FHA to pass along some modest savings to working families", stated Castro.
"This is a fiscally responsible measure to price our mortgage insurance in a way that protects our insurance fund while preserving the american dream of homeownership for credit-qualified borrowers."
The new rates come as the FHA enters a fourth straight year of improved economic health, the administration implied. The FHA gained $44 billion in value since 2012.
"We've carefully weighed the risks associated with lower premiums with our historic mission to provide safe and sustainable mortgage financing to responsible homebuyers. Homeownership is the way most middle class Americans build wealth and achieve financial security for themselves and their families," Ed Golding, principal deputy assistant secretary for HUD's Office of Housing, said in the report.
-- source CNBC