There is more and more evidence that our society is shifting from conventional mortgages to Government Insured mortgages, so for lenders there is a question whether they should become a FHA approved lender.
Look at the past activity. In July 2008, 29.1 percent of loan applications were for government issued loans. In just one year, the share of loans that are government issued has tripled. Since July 2007, we have seen an increase of 317 percent from conventional to FHA refinance applications, 260.8 percent conventional to FHA refinance endorsements, 133.9 percent applications for government-insured loans, and a 502 percent decrease in conventional loan applications.
Looking through more data it can be surmised that FHA is fast becoming the wave of the future for many wanting to purchase a new home. In January of 2007, FHA loans were only a mere 1% while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were at 60% for Lenders One. Scott Stern the CEO of Lenders One stated, “FHA is the fastest-growing product,” and went on to state that, â€œNow we are almost 48% conventional and 48% FHA.”
He believes that FHA is receiving more good publicity and the at the federal mortgage insurance program are helping with this new trend. The main reason the federal mortgage insurance program is aiding is that fees have not raised and they have not tightened their underwriting standards that we have recently seen with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and others.
In July 2008, Ginnie Mae reported 24.9 billion in fixed issuance whereas Freddie Mac was only at 20.3 billion. This is the first time in history that Ginnie Mae had been above Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
August is looking great as well for Ginnie Mae since they have issued 25.3 billion to date while Fannie Mae is at 24.0 billion and Freddie Mac is at 16.5 billion.
With this trend, more and more homeowners are searching for government issued loans for all kinds of reasons over conventional loans. Not only should lenders look into becoming FHA approved, but also more agents should be seeking these lenders to help homebuyers in search of their dream home.