The Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) was created to address the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act allowed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to guarantee up to $300 billion in new 30-year fixed rate mortgages for subprime borrowers. In order to participate, lenders were required to write down the balances on principal loans up to 90 percent of their current appraised value.
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