Project H2O

Project H2O is the first innovation prototyped through The Design Studio. Learn more about how we aim to make homeownership more sustainable through a market-based insurance liquidity product

Make Homeownership More Sustainable, Equitable, and Affordable


Economic Architecture is designing a scalable, market-based approach to provide low- and- moderate income homeowners with liquidity during critical life events. Project H2O is a liquidity insurance product that homeowners can claim when they experience income and expense shocks to stay current on their mortgage. This will make homeownership more sustainable by reducing delinquencies, defaults and eventually foreclosures.

Importance of Liquidity

Traditional mortgage underwriting has been based on metrics which assure the lender of a sufficient asset base to cover the loan value, and the borrower’s financial profile based on a snapshot of time. This is not always an accurate representation of the borrower and misses the inevitable changes to a homeowner’s financial profile over the course of a 30-year mortgage.  The JPMorgan Chase Institute publication “Trading for Liquidity” focuses on the important role that liquidity plays in a homeowner’s ability to stay current on their mortgage payments. When a homeowner with insufficient liquidity experiences an income or expense shock, they lack the funds to make their mortgage payment regardless of how much equity they have in the home. On the other hand, evidence shows that homeowners with sufficient liquidity tend to make their mortgage payments even when they have limited equity in the home.
Importance of Liquidity

A New Approach

In 2022 the Urban Institute published “Normalizing Forbearance”, which found that approximately 70% of defaults are due to a life event such as unemployment, death/illness/injury, illness or some other unexpected expense shock. Options like forbearance or loan modification can help but come with extra expenses. A financial product that provides homeowners with liquidity could help decrease the number of delinquencies, defaults and foreclosures.

How It Works?

H2O will be available to homeowners to purchase at the point of origination or after
H2O will be compatible with most mortgages and will be designed to be as simple as possible
H2O will be complementary to existing loss mitigation programs and Mortgage Insurance
How It Works?

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