The recent release of pool-level buydown data led us to write a note contrasting the use of this product across Agencies, including Ginnie Mae. In the process of writing this, we discovered that FHA, unlike the GSEs, also provides loan-level data for buydowns. This allowed us to run an analysis showing loan performance as measured by EPDs was better for FHA loans with buydowns than without, reflecting increased lender caution in using buydowns, which, on average, had higher credit scores than those without.
The availability of loan-level data for FHA on this topic provides us with an opportunity to conduct an additional informative analysis specific to this program, which we document here. To start, let’s look at the share of the market with buydowns:
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