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Sneak Peek: Facing the Housing Challenge Head-On: An Exclusive Interview with FHA Chief Edward Golding

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 Assuming his new role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing, Golding shares some of his core initiatives and what he sees for the future of homeownership.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro has called 2015, “The year of housing opportunity.” So when he announced in late March that he was tasking Edward Golding with the newly created role of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for the Office of Housing, all attention turned to what this new figure would bring to the role—one he took over from acting commissioner of the FHA Biniam Gebre.

Dedicated visionary, and optimist about the future of homeownership, Golding has spent more than 25 years in mortgage finance in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining HUD in 2013, he held several senior positions during a 23-year tenure with Freddie Mac—where he served as SVP of Economics and Policy, Program Executive of Making Home Affordable, SVP of Economics and Strategic Analysis, and SVP of Capital Oversight and Economics.

Despite his busy schedule shaping the future of American homeownership, Golding sat down with us this month to address your pressing questions on the FHA, mortgage insurance, housing, down-payment, assistance, and more.

While the full interview isn’t available until July 1 [2], we couldn’t couldn’t help but give you a sneak peak . . .

MReport // What is FHA’s outlook for homeownership levels in the near term?

Golding // Many variables affect the outlook for homeownership, including the overall economic climate, interest rates, and housing prices. At FHA, we are more focused on reducing unnecessary barriers to homeownership than on predicting market volume or homeownership rates. We want to be sure that qualified borrowers can access credit. For example, the premium reduction was an important part of our effort to increase access by increasing affordability; it will definitely help open the door of homeownership to responsible borrowers. In fact, over the next three years, we anticipate about 250,000 new homeowners will come into the market as a result of the premium decrease.