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  • ** FILE ** Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 6, 2010, before the Financial Inquiry Crisis Commission.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Henry Paulson, 'Mr. Bailout,' fears a new finance crisis is brewing

    Henry M. Paulson Jr., the financial firefighter stationed at the epicenter of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, worries that the nation is headed for another crisis because political leaders failed to learn critical lessons from the last one from 2008.

  • Illustration FHA House of Cards by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    HENSARLING: Giving the FHA a new lease on life

    Persistently weak job growth, higher taxes on families and record-breaking government debt are the hallmarks of the failed economic experiment known as Obamanomics.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    GROVER: Solving the financial crisis by causing another

    Democrats are loath to admit their role in irresponsible lending

  • ** FILE ** (Associated Press)

    Rising mortgage defaults may force FHA to request bailout from Treasury: report

    The Federal Housing Administration may for the first time need a bailout from the U.S. Treasury as rising defaults on mortgages it insures have pushed its insurance reserves into deficit, according to a new report.

  • President Obama tours the home framing assembly area at Erickson Construction in Chandler, Ariz., on Tuesday. Mr. Obama annouced support of a Senate bill that would eliminate mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (Associated Press)

    Obama supports Senate bill to kill Fannie, Freddie

    President Obama on Tuesday sought to prod along a rare bipartisan effort in Congress by throwing his weight behind a Senate bill that would eliminate mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but maintain a government guarantee on high-quality 30-year mortgages so that the popular instruments do not disappear from the marketplace.

  • Illustration by William Brown

    GHEI: Reinflating the housing bubble

    There is evidently no idea bad enough and no failure severe enough to stop the government from trying it once again. In myopia remarkable even by abysmal government standards, the White House is pushing for policies that fueled the housing bubble, which burst a mere five years ago.

  • Mortgage Q&A: Refinancing FHA loans can be tricky

    While mortgage rates continue to stay down, I think it's appropriate for an update aimed at homeowners with loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

  • Illustration FHA House of Cards by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    PINTO: Government keeps meddling in the housing market

    Friday's grim financial report from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) -- it's insolvent to the tune of negative $31 billion -- is prompting fresh scrutiny of the government's role in housing, particularly the mayhem caused by federal backing of mortgages involving low down payments and low credit scores.

  • ** FILE ** Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Another housing bailout?

    There are glimmers of hope in the housing market. Starts and prices are on the rise -- an upbeat signal the likes of which hasn't been seen in years.

  • ** FILE ** A foreclosed house with a sale-pending sign is shown in Tigard, Ore., in March 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

    Tax cheats got $1.4 billion in stimulus loans

    Tax cheats were given $1.4 billion in government-backed mortgage loans under President Obama's economic stimulus, and the government doled out at least an additional $27 million in tax credits to delinquents who took the first-time-homebuyer tax break, according to a government audit released Wednesday.

  • Cover story: Financing for condos, co-ops different

    When Heidi Krieger, who recently purchased a one-bedroom co-op in Cleveland Park, first started looking at co-ops and condos, her first concern was to find a home she loved. Her second priority was to make sure the monthly fees were affordable.

  • Cover story: Borrowing is different for self-employed

    Now that their federal income-tax returns for 2011 have been filed, self-employed people, like everyone else, may be breathing a sigh of relief. But if you are self-employed and intend to apply for a mortgage in the next year or two, your tax-related tasks are far from over.

  • Mortgage Q&A: FHA rates high for buyers

    Over the last couple of weeks, I have reported that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as of June 12, will drastically reduce the fees for certain FHA streamline refinance programs.

  • Mortgage Q&A: Cutoff date a deterrent to refinance

    Last week, I reported that the Federal Housing Administration is changing the fee structure for its "streamline" refinance program. Effective June 12, the FHA is lowering its monthly mortgage insurance premium (MIP) from .096 percent to .046 percent. This means that, after June 12, the monthly MIP payment on a $200,000 loan will drop from $192 to $92.

  • Mortgage Q&A: FHA finds way to help refinancers

    It appears there may be some very good news for homeowners with loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

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