Update 4: Yves at NakedCapitalism sums up this latest plan beautifully:
…How is this supposed to help borrowers? Seriously. This is the government equivalent of a subprime teaser loan. But this is even worse. First, teaser borrowers paid at least a smidge of interest (even 2% is more than zero), which placed a teeny constraint on their ability to take on debt. Second, housing was at least appearing to increase, so it wasn’t entirely nuts (merely sorta nuts) to look to the principal value of the house as security and reason to extend yourself financially….
…This measure, as modest as it is, therefore looks like yet another backdoor transfer to banks, and a way to try to prop up housing prices (note the “stabilize housing markets” comment) and secondarily, funnel some cash to communities (note the loans are intended to be used for property tax payments too)….
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….
Housing: Bankruptcy Cramdown/Judicial Modification Amendment in Financial Regulation bill; Frank okays CBC Amendment for 3 billion in loans to unemployed homeowners, also allows HUD to fund states’ HEMAP programs…
Lots of action taking place ahead of the House vote on Financial Regulatory Reform. Much of it focused on housing.
Responding to concerns from the Congressional Black Caucus, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank has attached a provision to broad bank regulation reform legislation that would allocate $3 billion in bank bailout funds to help unemployed homeowners stay in their homes. The provision is expected to be included in major bank reform legislation, which is set for three days of consideration by the House of Representatives beginning Wednesday evening.
…The House Rules Committee is scheduled to debate and decide which amendments will be permitted to be considered on the House floor at meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. Read amendments here.
...Frank agreed to allocate $3 billion in additional funds from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program for emergency mortgage relief for unemployed homeowners. Already $50 billion in TARP funds is being used for an Obama administration mortgage modification program.The measure would allocate the funds to the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, which would use the funds to give out fixed-rate, low-interest loans to unemployed people facing foreclosure. However, the aggragate amount of assistance for any homeowner is prohibited from exceeding $50,000.
The program also allows the HUD secretary to allow funds to be administered by a state with a similar program. For example, HUD may have authority to provide TARP funds to the Pennsylvania-based Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, or HEMAP, which gives government bridge mortgage loans to people who have recently lost their jobs. Under HEMAP, loans do not accrue interest until the participant’s income is restored.
Frank also attached a provision that would provide an additional $1 billion in TARP funds for an existing neighborhood stabilization program…
Go read the whole piece for more on the bankruptcy cramdown amendment, which may face better odds in the Senate this time around given the failure of the HAMP program and the imminent second leg down in housing.
Housing: FINALLY! Some data on the trial mods! Treasury reports more than 27% of homeowners in trial modification are delinquent…
They were forced to answer the inquiry on status of the 600,000+ trial mods finally, and it ain’t good. Not good at all. What IS good is that we are getting some data. Just last week HUD Treasury was claiming no one was late on these payments. On tv in fact, in an interview with Diana Olick which we posted here.
The real shxtstorm is gonna hit us when FANNIE and FHA run out of money. Their book is over 3 TRILLION at FAN alone now and their delinquency rate is EXPLODING. A month after saying they Absolutely Positively did not need a bailout, the FHA is raising it’s premiums, cuz guess what? They need a frakkin bailout…
When will these fools stop trying everything BUT the damned HOLC!!!?!? AARRRGLE! This Admin is so frakking enamored of everything ELSE FDR did why not this? Oh yeah HRC suggested it in 2007 and 2008, thus Obama won’t do it. Frakkers. Their next ingenius plan will be the HEMAP model so taxpayers can LOAN homeowners their mortgage payments. Again padding servicers pockets and not addressing the underlying issue. Via FAN FRED we OWN THE DAMNED HOUSES ALREADY!! Why not buy them outright under HOLC and cut a deal with the homeowners directly with the government. It would be less ongoing intervention and cost less dammit. This is yet ANOTHER example of an actual CRISIS that Team Obama has FAILED to address successfully, while they focus all their attention on health care, housing is falling off a cliff and it WILL drag the entire economy down with it…again.
More than one-quarter of homeowners receiving help under a U.S. government foreclosure prevention plan are behind on their new mortgage payments, a Treasury Department survey has found. Some 650,000 borrowers are participating in the trial phase of the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, a $75 billion taxpayer-financed program launched this year….
…A Treasury Department survey of large mortgage servicers found “over 73 percent of borrowers are current in their trial plan payments,” Assistant Treasury Secretary Herbert Allison told a congressional oversight panel.
That leaves about 27 percent who are delinquent on the payments.
Allison provided written answers to questions raised at an October hearing before the Congressional Oversight Panel, which monitors the government’s foreclosure prevention plan and other financial rescue efforts.
Allison said that “while not all eligible borrowers will convert to permanent modifications, it is too early to estimate a failure rate, diagnose causes and predict future success rates.”
Let me give them a hand. The diagnosis of the underlying cause is UNEMPLOYMENT. The failure rate is TOO LARGE. The future success rate will FALL as UE rises. DO THE DAMNED HOLC! (Read HRC WSJ OPED on the HOLC from September 24, 2008 at link)
Experts say the conversion rate to permanent loans is the key to determining the program’s ultimate success or failure.
The Treasury has not published figures on how many trial loan modifications have been made permanent, but it said it will start doing so this month.
The next monthly report on the program will be released next week, Treasury Department spokeswoman Meg Reilly said.
This week Treasury officials threatened to fine mortgage lenders unless they speed efforts to give hard-pressed homeowners a permanent break on monthly payments….
Housing Update & Mortgage Modification Plan and Foreclosure Assistance Resources; HEMAP – targeting Treasury’s housing funds to loans for unemployed homeowners, Barney Frank’s proposed bill…
Our previous post on Rep Frank (D-MA) proposal on extending some of the TARP and/or stimulus funds targeted for housing to a program that loans money to unemployed homeonwers to make their mortgage payments here.
A model is emerging in the hearings on the Hill, HEMAP (WSJ):
(…)The proposal to keep out-of-work homeowners in their homes, which was discussed at an oversight panel field hearing last month in Philadelphia, could be based on Pennsylvania’s Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.
With HEMAP, which was established in 1984, Pennsylvania state officials provide a two- or three-year loan to a jobless homeowner, depending on the individual’s finances and the economic situation. Using that program, homeowners aren’t responsible for repaying the vast majority of the principle or any of the interest on the loan until he or she finds a job.
Specifically, a struggling homeowner participating in the Pennsylvania program, which has depleted resources, requires jobless homeowners pay a token $25 a month until they get another job and their gross income surpasses 35% of their monthly housing costs, including mortgage and utility payments.
In some cases, when the household has some income, the payments would be made partly by the homeowner and partly by the state…
HUD has been lobbied for the legislation/program and they and Treasury sound positive on its implementation, my problem is the Frank legislation wants to use repaid TARP loans and I think they need to end TARP in December and use stimulus money or some of the 50b sitting in the HAMP fund instead:
…According to people familiar with the Obama administration mortgage modification program, officials from the Housing and Urban Development agency have met with Pennsylvania officials responsible for the development of the HEMAP program to discuss whether the state program could be expanded nationally. The presentation was met with a positive response from the HUD officials, they said. A federal official familiar with the mortgage modification program said the meeting took place and “a range of options are being discussed to expand the mortgage modification program nationally.”
Meanwhile, Neiman said he plans to discuss the HEMAP program with key Treasury officials as well as HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “I would propose that Treasury consider using TARP funds to fund existing or future state emergency mortgage assistance programs,” Neiman said.
Treasury spokeswoman Meg Reilly said the department continues to study further ways to help unemployed homeowners. …She pointed out that the Treasury’s $50 billion modification program, known as the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, is open to the unemployed.
Sadly since Treasury has not agreed to open their NPV test and have the servicers give detailed explanations for denials on HAMP applications (as FDIC did with the IndyMac mods), there is no way to verify that underwriters are in fact properly considering the unemployed. Anecdotally I can say from all interviews I have seen with servicers they say the unemployed cannot be helped, I would not count on them considering these apps until I have seen it.
However, Dodds argues that even though the HAMP program is open to the jobless, it isn’t being used effectively to help them. “It’s real chaos with the mortgage companies trying to get HAMP going,” Dodds said.
He adds that, unlike the HAMP program, a federal loan approach to the jobless could help a large number of people in a short period of time. It also solves the concerns of mortgage servicers who complain they will be sued by mortgage securities investors who argue that these lenders will file lawsuits against them for modifying mortgage payments, he said….
I can attest to the chaos with HAMP applications and servicers I will recuse myself from commenting further on this program, cause there but for the grace of God go I…I will say if the banks arent going to modify loans effectively and Team TOTUS cannot see that tax increases, increased deficit spending and regulation will hamper growth and job creation, well in that scenario which seems more and more likely, we may see extended high unemployment for years (in the economic forecasts of PIMCO for one example the ‘new normal pretty much sucks). Anyway if this is the case we may really want to consider programs like this, if nothing else it is a way to directly stop the housing bleeding as a result of the rolling foreclosures tied to unemployment…
but it burns me to think of taxpayers loaning other taxpayers money to pay the banks that all the taxpayers loaned all our money to to begin with because the banks will not modify the damned loans.
Since fannie and freddie are backing most of these loans, that is ALSO the taxpayers funding the losses! so we are loaning ourselves money to pay banks who we loaned money to service loans and transfer funds to FANNIE FREDDIE whom we own and whom we also are loaning money to keep afloat. What the hell kind of outfit is this government running? How many times do we have to loan ourselves money in and out of many government pockets with banks making transfers? Why cant we just do the damned HOLC like HRC proposed in oh what 2007 now, she first raised it in 2005…we could have bought the houses many times over and stopped the bleeding, but then we couldn’t line many pockets eh? the frakkers.
Making Home Affordable Treasury Program
e.Fannie Mae.com (servicer updates)
HUD- Department of Housing & Urban Devlopment
Fannie Mae mortgage customers call Fannie Mae at 1-800-7FANNIE (1-800-732-6643) or www.fanniemae.com/homeaffordable
Freddie Mac mortgage customers call Freddie Mac at 1-800-FREDDIE (1-800-373-3343) or www.freddiemac.com/avoidforeclosure
VA mortgage customers (thank you for your service) vall VA Financial Counselors at 1-877-827-3702 or www.homeloans.va.gov
Hope Now Alliance (Hank Paulson’s Plan) 1-888-995-4673 or www.hopenow.com