WASHINGTON (8/31/10)--The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) held a telephone briefing recently to inform the housing industry that it is looking at options to provide a lower-priced home equity conversion mortgage(HECM) option. An FHA spokesman told News Now that there has been no formal agency announcement because FHA is still working out details. But he confirmed it is FHA’s intention to “make the product more attractive while limiting FHA’s exposure to risk.” As reported by a number of news outlets, FHA is designing a reverse mortgage product it will call HECM Saver. It is also considering changes to its original HECM program. The HECM Saver is targeted to senior citizens who want to tap the equity in their homes to help cover medical costs, or even daily living expenses, according to an Aug. 30 article in American Banker. For a reduced up-front premium, a borrower would take 10% to 18% less in available funds than the standard home equity conversion mortgage provides.