We covered the HEMAP plan and Barney Frank’s push for it. It was added to the FinReg bill. It is absolutely the case that unemployment is driving housing defaults now and that the HAMP program does not help the unemployed, despite UE lasting for close to 99 weeks in most cases, the debt levels of those in default are just too high.
Barney Frank and Team Obama’s larger housing vision seems to be centred on a transition to Section 8 status for a majority of the foreclosures FAN FRED FHA are taking onto their books.
It began with FAN Deed4Lease program under which homeowners rent their homes back from Uncle Sam. And the Section 8 roll out is already underway and by the time we get 6 months into ’11 when Timmeh claims we will have an outline for their plan for FAN FRED FHA, it will be a fait accompli.
The problem I have with all these plans is the g-d lenders who brought this tumbling down skate away with the taxpayers forced to eat the FAN FRED FHA losses which, don’t kid yourselves will be $1trillion easily IMO.
The $400B dollar scribble- It was DEMOCRATS who went apoplectic yesterday when the big banks called them wailing over GOP Rep Jeb Hensarling having penciled in FAN FRED as ‘financial institutions’ under the FinReg draft on banks paying to wind down big financials that fail. They FREAKED OUT at the THOUGHT of having to pay for the GIANT SMOKING CRATER THEY CREATED. And the Democrats ran to help them avoid that fate, leaving it ALL on US, the taxpayers.
It seems to be the end of the residential housing market as we jave known it. Frank is constantly stressing his affordable rental housing schtick nowadays.
If this helps some families get past the transition, it seems overall a small price to pay at $1B, the $85b in HAMP seems to have done absolutely nothing, worse than nothing the extend and pretend has been a PAINFULLY slow tearing off of the band aid, and we are only halfway through the process.But families be cautious, don’t put yourselves Back on the Chain Gang before next year, housing prices are still cratering and when Uncle Sam is done I don’t know what value the homes we are holding may be worth.
Who the hell knows. And IMAGINE what this will do to RENTAL HOUSING PRICES. Landlords will be competing with Uncle Sam setting ‘fair rental rates’ GOOD GAWD!
And that assumes we get some spending restraint and just restraint in general from the Congress and a new POTUS in ’10 and ’12. Let’s hope there is a housing market left to rehabilitate when we get there.
The shxtty part is again they added a tax to pay for this newest $1b program. Had they done HOLC but noooooo. Credit Suisse couldn’t have that! frakkers.
Why the hell not use the $$$ sitting in the HAMP TARP fund? That is how the funding was originally proposed. Frank tried also to use repaid TARP funds for this. Now it is funded by a bank tax IOW passed on to us in fees, shxt! Good Gawd Almighty what don’t they understand about no money left in the till..
Unemployed homeowners will be able to tap $1 billion in federal bridge loans to pay their mortgages, under a deal worked out by congressional negotiators in financial-overhaul legislation.Under the program, people who cannot make their mortgage payments because they are ill or out of work would get a stopgap loan from the government.
House members fought for $3 billion in such loans, but ultimately settled for $1 billion as negotiations ground on into Friday morning. Both chambers of Congress must now approve the deal worked out by the negotiators.
Joblessness has eclipsed risky mortgages as the biggest driver of U.S. foreclosures. Meanwhile, the rules of the Obama administration’s foreclosure-prevention effort make it difficult for the unemployed to get loan modifications under the program….
And Shaun Donovan at HUD was touting the home buyer tax credit as a success and saying housing STABLIZED! AS IF!What flavor would you like with your double-dip? WSJ has it. Hang on Sloopy!
More on the ‘wonderful’ homebuyer tax credit, it was given to inmates serving LIFE sentences, good grief.
Nearly 1,300 prison inmates wrongly received more than $9 million in tax credits for homebuyers despite being locked up when they claimed they bought a home, a government investigator reported Wednesday
The investigator said 241 of the inmates were serving life sentences….
love the Rickster!
Our many posts on FAN and FRED here
Fannie’s turn: loses *another* $13b in Q1 asks for *another* $8.5b from Treasury, has now lost $136.8B and taken $75b in aid…
Update: here is that quote, it is courtesy of Calculated Risk:
…Greg Morcroft at MarketWatch reports:
Fannie sees no profits for the “indefinite future” … financial sustainability uncertain….
They aren’t even TRYING to make it look good anymore…one highlight in the WSJ said they do not see any chance of being profitable in the near term, pfft, Should’ve done the damn HOLC.
…the mortgage-finance company operating under federal conservatorship, said it will seek $8.4 billion in aid from the U.S. Treasury Department after reporting its 11th-straight quarterly loss.
The company said it had an $11.5 billion first-quarter loss in a filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Washington-based Fannie Mae had posted $136.8 billion in losses over the previous 10 quarters and taken more than $75 billion in U.S. aid since April 2009….
Our previous posts on FAN FRED HAMP and the EPIC FAILURE of Team Obama to address housing here. HOLC dammit. The housing double dip is right on track.
Freddie Mac reported a $6.7bn Q110 net loss, widened from $6.5bn in the previous quarter.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), acting as Freddie’s conservator, requested $10.6bn in aid from the Treasury Department to cover the company’s $10.5bn net worth deficit. At the end of 2009, the company had a $4.4bn net worth…
James Lockhart (Dubyahs head of FHFA) of all people calls for principal reductions on CNBC this morning and Barney Frank D-MA said it will not happen..Through the Looking Glass…
James Lockhart, former head of the Federal Housing Agency, told CNBC Tuesday that he wants more generous mortgage modifications, including principal payment reductions.
…Although the latest Case-Shiller Index indicates the housing market has been improving for the last five months, there could be another spike in foreclosures, said Lockhart. While banks and investors have already marked down mortgages on their books, he said, that benefit has not yet been passed onto homeowners….
…“We still haven’t seen the falloff in foreclosures,” he said. “All the solutions have been on the income-side, and people’s balance sheets are suffering. It’s coming to the point where I think we really have to consider much more aggressive [loan modifications and] at looking at reducing principals.”
Lockhart also expects strategic defaults will start to occur more frequently. “You look at the bankruptcy numbers; the stigma is not there anymore,” he said….
Rep. Kucinich D-OH has called for an investigation into what looks to everyone like a backdoor TARP...
…Representative Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat who was an early opponent of Obama in the 2008 presidential race, thinks the move is backdoor way to help banks, and a congressional subcommittee he leads is investigating the Treasury’s decision to cover unlimited losses at the housing finance companies.
“This new authority must be used responsibly and for the benefit of American families,” Kucinich said. It “cannot be used simply to purchase toxic assets at inflated prices, thus transferring the losses to the U. S. taxpayers and acting as a backdoor TARP.”
That’s exactly what Treasury is doing, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington. “This looks like the original TARP,” Baker said, referring to $700 billion financial rescue fund, known officially as the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Waxman and Issa also ‘concerned’
…Kucinich is not the only one on Capitol Hill up in arms. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said he doesn’t like the idea of a “blank check” for Fannie and Freddie.
And Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called it “a continuation of the bailout policies that have mortgaged away the future solvency of our country.”…
Airtime Mon. Dec. 28 2009 – 9:46 AM ET Treasury says it will provide capital on an as-needed basis to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next three years. Shari Olefson, of Fowler White Boggs, and Spencer Rascoff, of Zillow.com, share their insight.