Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., has scheduled a mark-up of a Federal Housing Administration reform bill on Sept. 19, and the House is expected to vote on passage of an FHA bill this week.The FHA reform bill "can be an important component in addressing the tidal wave of foreclosures" and provide troubled homeowners with "safe, affordable home loans," Sen. Dodd said. When the House takes up the FHA bill (H.R. 1852), Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., will offer a manager's amendment that specifically authorizes the FHA to refinance homeowners who are in default and have mortgages with "adverse terms or rates." Rep. Frank also plans to offer an amendment that boosts FHA loan limits to 125% of the median house price or $730,000 (175% of the conforming loan limit), whichever is lower. The Senate FHA reform bill is expected to raise the FHA loan limit to the $417,000 conforming loan limit in high-cost areas.

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