The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has begun selling off thousands of seriously delinquent mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a move that could save many distressed borrowers from losing their homes. But it also leaves thousands more who are saddled with equally distressed FHA mortgages without any help, raising questions about its fairness.
HUD recently announced that it cut loose 9,400 loans in the first sale under its expanded Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, and the federal agency plans to sell at least 30,000 more over the next year. The mortgages are going at steep discounts to private investors and nonprofit organizations, which are expected to modify many of the loans. That could save a sizable pool of homeowners from foreclosure and help keep the FHA, which faces a shortfall next year, from seeking a bailout.