One of President Trump’s first executive orders suspended a 25-basis point fee reduction for FHA mortgage insurance premiums. NAR estimated that the fee reduction would have opened homeownership to an additional 30,000 to 40,000 homebuyers. The reduced premium would save the average FHA borrower $500 a year in insurance costs.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says the decision is intended to strengthen the FHA’s reserve fund, the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. In response, NAR’s President said, “According to our estimates, roughly 750,000 to 850,000 homebuyers will face higher costs, and 30,000 to 40,000 new homebuyers will be left on the sidelines in 2017 without the cut. We’re disappointed in the decision but will continue making the case to reinstate the cut in the months ahead.”