Private mortgage insurance was hard to come by in the years following the housing market collapse, as issuers incurred significant losses, with several even going bankrupt. As a result, FHA loans became the primary option for low-down-payment consumers, and their volume grew by more than 355% from 2007 to 2009.
But FHA loans have also grown significantly more expensive in recent years, as the housing market has rebounded in many respects. This, in turn, has led to the resurgence of private mortgage insurance, once again a viable option, as well as a dramatic reversal in FHA-loan growth, as originations actually fell by 39% from 2009 to 2015.
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