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Lee Jones
(877) 741-3281 ext. 5356 or
(206) 220-5356
For Release
June 12, 2008

FHA-insured Homebuying Activity Up Significantly from Last Year in
Portland, Eugene, Salem, Albany & Corvallis, Medford & Ashland, Coos Bay & North Bend, Ontario and Bend.

PORTLAND, OR - With the conventional and sub-prime mortgage markets in turmoil, mortgages insured by HUD’s Federal Housing Administration appear to be enjoying a “back to basics” bounce in markets in Oregon.

Through just the first two-thirds of Federal fiscal year* 2008, for example, FHA has insured more home purchase mortgages in Oregon – 5,320 - than in each of fiscal years 2007, 2006 or 2005.

“Earlier this decade, the volume of FHA-insured mortgages fell significantly as homebuyers took advantage of the terms offered by other lenders, especially subprime lenders,” said HUD Regional Director John Meyers. “But as the subprime mortgage market began to have difficulties and borrowers wanted to minimize their risks, more and more homebuyers have been coming back to the safe, smart and sound basics of FHA-insured mortgages.”

Data analyzed by HUD found that, through the first eight months of fiscal year 2008, endorsements of FHA-insured mortgages already had exceeded the total FHA endorsements in all of 2007, 2006 or 2005 in the Portland, Eugene-Springfield. Medford-Ashland, Salem, Albany-Corvallis, Ontario and Coos Bay-North Bend areas.

Almost half of the increase in volume resulted from the refinancing of conventional or subprime mortgages into FHA-insured mortgages under HUD’s FHASecure program

FHASecure gives homeowners with non-FHA adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), current or delinquent and regardless of reset status, the ability to refinance into an FHA-insured mortgage. With FHASecure, the lender will not automatically disqualify a borrower who is delinquent on a mortgage loan, and the lender may offer a second
mortgage to make up the difference between the value of property and the amount owed.

FHA is a part of HUD. The FHA mortgage insurance fund is supported by premiums charged to borrowers and not by taxpayer funds. Its mortgages are attractive to homebuyers because they require only ay a three percent downpayment and permit gift and grant funds to help cover downpayment and other closing costs. In addition, FHA has more relaxed credit standards and permits borrowers to carry more debt than private mortgage insurers typically allow.

HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly people and people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nations fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the web at

* NOTE – A Federal fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th. Below the data for Federal fiscal year 2008 is from October 1st, 2007 through May 31st, 2008. Data for Federal fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007 is from October 1st through September 30th.

AREA FY 2008 Year-to-Date FHA Endorsements 2008 (through 5/31/08) FY 2007 FHA Endorsements FY 2006 FHA Endorsements FY 2005 FHA Endorsements
Oregon State 5,320 3,017 3,162 4,087
Portland/Vancouver MSA 2,248 1,794 1,421 2,070
Eugene/Springfield MSA 527 312 269 352
Medford/Ashland MSA 284 124 75 120
Salem MSA 750 474 571 651
Albany/Corvallis 134 84 106 113
Coos Bay/North Bend 62 48 27 46
Ontario area 72 37 34 56
Bend area 179 100 121 89


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