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FHA Shortfall Seen at $54 Billion May Lead to Bailout

• Bloomberg

“It appears destined for a taxpayer bailout in the next 24 to 36 months,” consultant Edward Pinto said intestimony prepared for a House committee hearing in Washington today. Pinto was the chief credit officer from 1987 to 1989 for Fannie Mae, the mortgage-finance company that is now government-run.

The FHA program’s volumes have quadrupled since 2006 as private lenders and insurers pulled back amid the U.S. housing slump, Pinto said. The jump has left the agency backing risky loans and exposed to fraud in a “market where prices have yet to stabilize,” he said.

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