A Top Housing Official in the White House Will Step Down

carol gallante at zillow housing forum
ZillowFHA Commissioner Carol Galante addresses a housing forum last year hosted by Zillow and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
By Jason Lange

A top housing official for the Obama administration said on Monday she was stepping down from her post leading an agency that guarantees a big share of new U.S. mortgages. Carol Galante, commissioner at the Federal Housing Administration, said in a note to her staff that she will leave her job toward the end of this year for an academic position. Galante took the helm at the FHA in 2012 when the agency's finances were still reeling from a housing market implosion years earlier.

In September of last year, the FHA turned to the Treasury for $1.7 billion in cash to help cover losses from troubled loans. Under Galante, the agency, which offers mortgage lenders' guarantees against homeowner defaults, has substantially raised the fees it charges. The White House said in March the FHA would not need another injection of taxpayer money this year.

Galante said she will take a position at the University of California, Berkeley. "I have decided to leave," she said in the note to her staff.

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johncii

What happened to the customer receiving a portion of the UN_USED portion of the MIP mortgage insurance when the house is sold. For example if the house is sold after only 1 year on an FHA loan, there is 29 years of un-used MIP that money just..DISAPPEARS!!! and the buyer HAS to buy a NEW MIP insurance when he buys again with an FHA loan...its just something that rattles my cage....I would love to hear the reason why it isa NOT returned to the cunstomer

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