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MEMORANDUM TO THE INTI3l-DEPAJlrrBJ[BNTAL LQAH COMMITTEE

The Subcommittee on Housing believes that an immediate
impetus would be given to the conversion of existing home mortgages,
and to the making of mortgage loans on new construction, if the
following steps were taken to assure the widespread acceptance by
home owners and mortgage lenders alike of the mortgage insurance
provided for in Title II of the National Housing Act:




1» Adoption by the Federal Housing Administration of a
uniform maximum interest rate of 5 per cent in lieu of the
six classifications of interest rates and service charges
now authorized in the regulations governing Title IIj and
adoption of a graduated scale of mortgage-insurance premiums,
based on the ratio of original principal of mortgage to appraised value of property, in lieu of the flat rates now
authorized on the basis of the six classifications of transactions set forth in the insurance schedule»
£• Suspension of the operation of Title III of the
National Housing Act pending thorough inquiry into the
statutory provisions and the practical considerations of
the mortgage market that apparently make extensive amendment of this Title necessary; and, in order to assure in
part at least the flow of individual and institutional funds
contemplated in Title I H prompt amendment of Title II in
such a manner as to authorize approved mortgagees to sell

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insured mortgages held by them, provided that the servicing
of the mortgage is continued by the approved mortgagee in
accordance with the terms of the original insurance contract*
If Title II were amended in the manner here suggested, it
would be necessary for the Federal Housing Administration to
authorize approved mortgagees to make an annual service charge
to investors* This charge might properly be limited to onehalf of 1 per cent, and would be deductible from the interest
paid by the mortgagor; but the mortgagee would not be prea
eluded from selling the mortgage at &feg premium and in fact
might well be expected to do so in the case of preferred risks«
3* Adoption by the Federal Housing Administration of
a regulation authorizing approved mortgagees to pass on the
credit of the mortgagor, both with respect to the periodic
payments required in the mortgage and to the general standing of the mortgagor* Being under the necessity of servicing
the mortgage, and standing to suffer an impairment of income
if the mortgagor should default, the approved mortgagee may
reasonably be relied on to make a proper credit investigation of the mortgagor, and to certify the result to the
Federal Housing Administration* This procedure would greatly expedite the making of loans under Title II, and would
eliminate any need for the exhaustive and complicated credit

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investigation now provided for in the insurance regulations
and the supplementary detailed written statements required
of mortgagors*
4* Amendment of the Federal Reserve Act in such a manner
as to make mortgages insured under Title II eligible for rediscount by the Federal reserve banks * Under its present
emergency powers, the Federal Reserve Board has authority to
make these mortgages eligible for rediscount, but as a matter
of practical policy an amendment specifically authorizing the
rediscounting of insured mortgages would have a much greater
influence on the mortgage operations of banks and other lending agencies*
These four steps impress the Subcommittee on Housing as the
most important that might be taken at this time in the interest of
home-mortgage financing* Once they were taken, the Inter-Departmental
Loan Committee might well consider recommending to the Comptroller of
the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that they urge all banks under their supervision
to begin tte prompt conversion of their mortgage portfolios in accordance
with the facilities and safeguards that would then be available to them*