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November 1 8 , 1937*

Mr. J. M, Daiger,
Federal Housing Administration,
Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. Daiger:
During my telephone conversation with you this morning I
undertook to point out that the Reconstruction Finance Corporation could subscribe for a substantial amount of stock in a
National Mortgage Association without involving the government
in any additional expenditure of money due to the fact that the
Association could immediately, upon its formation, purchase from
the EFC Mortgage Company insured mortgages which it now holds.
On November 12 the EFC Mortgage Company had on hand insured
mortgages in the amount of |34>146,615*24 an(* ^ ^ outstanding commitments to purchase additional insured mortgages in the amount of
|10,388,466.?6. This makes a total of #44,535*082 of insured mortgages which the EFC Mortage Company would hold, if it fulfills all
of its outstanding coBimitments and neither buys nor sells any more
of these mortgages.
The result of this is that if the Reconstruction Finance Corporation would subscribe for $50,000,000 of stock in a National Mortgage Association, it would be required to put up cash, in addition
to its mortgages, in the amount of $5,464*918 in order to pay its
subscription. Of course it could subscribe for any amount less
than the amount of its mortgages without the final advancement of
any cash. The technical machinery would be for the Reconstruction
Finance Corporation to put up the amount of it& subscription in
cash and then for the National Mortgage Associatior immediately to
purchase with that cash an equivalent amount of mort&fcges held by
the RFC Mortgage Company.
In accordance with your request, I em enclosing herewith forms
of Application For Authority to Establish a National Mortgage Association, Articles of Association, Certificate of Approval, and
Regulations, which v/e have prepared for use in connection with the
organization of National Mortgage Associations under Title III of
the Rational Housing Act.
Very ti


Aoner H. Ferguson,
General Counsel.