I was hoping not to have to write this particular piece, but it seems I may have no choice, so here we go with housing.
What happens to today's housing market without FHA loans?
Right now FHA loans are about 20 percent of the overall mortgage market (purchases and refis) and 40 percent of purchase applications.
Compare that to around 11 percent of the overall market during the last shutdown in 1995. For the nation's big public home builders, it's far more of an impact, according to analysts.
FHA Share of Borrowers:
- KB Home: 62 percent
- Ryland: 65 percent
- Pulte: 38 percent
- Hovnanian: 49 percent
"We have been alerted that FHA will maintain the ability for lenders to secure case numbers – one of the first steps in originating a FHA mortgage – and underwriting will not be impacted either. However, lenders will be challenged to close these loans during a government shutdown as they will not be able to secure mortgage insurance," says Bob Walters, chief economist at Quicken Loans.