HOUSING UPDATE – Financial Services Cmte asking for your experiences with JPMorgan Chase ahead of hearing tomorrow…

Update: There is another hearing tomorrow, see today’s hearing here:

April 13th from prepared testimony reads more like a PR show by the banks.
April 14th will be the regulators the National Law Center and those pro HAMP vs The Bankers Assoc and others

Both will be broadcast live

More info:
Barriers to Principal Reduction
April 13: House Financial Services Committee

The Recently Announced Revisions to HAMP
April 14: House Financial Services Committee

RE: Congressional Hearing in Washington DC, Tuesday 4/13/10, 10am with the Financial Committee.

MiM has been covering the many moods of the HAMP program since its inception.

Okay peeps, if you have a HAMP experience you would like to relate to the House Fin Svcs Cmte ahead of the hearing tomorrow on HAMP and servicers please contact as follows with your experience:

From loansafe.org Chase HAMP thread:

Just had a phone call from Brendan Woodbury – who is also handling tomorrow’s House Financial Services Committee hearing

He said for me to asap FAX over all I have – I asked him if it would be ok to have others do the same – he said by all means.

brendan.woodbury@mail.house.gov

FAX ASAP what you have gone through to
Congressman Barney Frank
MARK URGENT – PERTAINS TO FINANCIAL MEETING 4/13/10
FAX to (202) 225-0182

The head of mortgage lending for JP Morgan Chase David Lowman entered testimony suggesting a Quick turn around and assistance for any homeowner trying to stay in their home.

More info here including David Lowman’s prepared testimony (click on the link to his name).
House Financial Services Committee

Any HAMP applicant, after either introducing you to their friend..RALPH!,  or laughing deliriously in response, will happily hand over evidence of, in most cases, 15+ months of fruitless attempts to work with the servicers on HAMP.

HAMP is all voluntary. HAMP to date, is extend and pretend to keep homes off the market until the deluded banks think prices will come back. Forecasts suggest 15 YEARS before prices are back in sand states.

Today the big servicers are opposing the principal writedown approach Treasury is finally coming around to.

In written testimony prepared for a hearing in Washington Tuesday of the House Financial Services Committee, some of the nation’s top mortgage lenders warned of the risks of relying heavily on forgiving principal as a means of averting foreclosures and argued for concentrating mainly on other methods, such as reducing interest rates….

These banks forget TARP, its entire purpose as written was to buy bad home loans and relieve the foreclosure crisis that led to the financial collapse. Instead they got a free ride, FED continues to give them free money, they have rates so low savers are punished, they continue to devalue our dollar so we have less purchasing power, and they won’t fix the damn housing issue which is back with a vengeance.

If they will not work out the loans to resolve the issue, then the House needs to go ahead and do the cram down bill instead, which we have been opposed to until now. The banks need to share the economic pain they brought upon us all.

If we had LET THEM FAIL, they would’ve done write downs themselves to keep afloat. Our interference with TARP let them avoid the principal writedowns to begin with.

One more time – FAN FRED FHA back all these loans anyway, the TAXPAYERS are ALREADY on the hook. Not working through mods quickly with writedowns means walkaways continue apace. They are accelerating and the recent FAN home attitudes survey showed fully 15% of those surveyed agreed it was ok to walk away if facing financial difficulty making payments.

…When asked if financial distress makes stopping payments on an underwater mortgage acceptable, 15 percent of respondents said yes in Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey, a remarkable level of public acceptance for homeowners who walk away from their mortgages in light of the growing number of defaults in Fannie Mae’s portfolio.

Both delinquent mortgage borrowers and those current on their mortgage payments are more than twice as likely to have seriously considered stopping their payments if they know someone who has already defaulted, according to the survey released today.

Underwater borrowers were more than twice as likely to be behind on their mortgage payments and were more than twice as likely to believe stopping payments was acceptable than borrowers who were not underwater. Only 33 percent of respondents cited their moral qualms as a factor motivating them to pay their mortgage…

Even conservatives are FINALLY accepting HOLC (HomeOwnersLoanCorporation like in Depression)- CATO INSTITUTE!

…The omission of recourse has been a major flaw of the Obama loan modification plans. If the taxpayer is putting something on the table, then borrowers should be expected to do the same. During the Great Depression, FDR recognized as much.

The primary New Deal vehicle for addressing foreclosures was the Home Owners Loan Corporation. The HOLC required recourse and practiced it. In fact, approximately a third of HOLC revenues were from deficiency judgments against delinquent borrowers, including wage garnishment. Perhaps there are some parallels to today, as the HOLC found the second most common reason for foreclosure to be “obstinate refusal to pay.”

FDR recognized that many delinquent borrowers could afford neither their mortgage nor a deficiency judgment; we must recognize the same today. Recourse is not a cure to stop every foreclosure. It is, however, a proven method for reducing some foreclosures…

and now admit it would have been better in 08. Gee who said that? Hillary that’s wh0.

…First, we must address the skyrocketing rates of mortgage defaults and foreclosures that have buffeted the economy and ignited the credit crisis. Two million homeowners carry mortgages worth more than their homes. They hold $3 trillion in mortgage debt. Nearly three million adjustable-rate mortgages are scheduled for a rate increase in the next two years. Another wave of foreclosures looms.I’ve proposed a new Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), to launch a national effort to help homeowners refinance their mortgages. The original HOLC, launched in 1933, bought mortgages from failed banks and modified the terms so families could make affordable payments while keeping their homes. The original HOLC returned a profit to the Treasury and saved one million homes. We can save roughly three times that many today. We should also put in place a temporary moratorium on foreclosures and freeze rate hikes in adjustable-rate mortgages. We’ve got to stem the tide of failing mortgages and give the markets time to recover.

The time for ideological, partisan arguments against these actions is over. For years, the calls to provide borrowers an affordable opportunity to avoid foreclosure as a means of preventing wider turmoil were dismissed as government intrusion into the private marketplace. My proposals over the past two years were derided as too much, too soon. Now we are forced to reckon with too little, too late.

As a result, the home-mortgage crisis slowly eroded the value of debt instruments upon which Wall Street firms were depending. That is how this house of borrowed cards began to fall. If we do not take action to address the crisis facing borrowers, we’ll never solve the crisis facing lenders. These problems go hand in hand. And if we are going to take on the mortgage debt of storied Wall Street giants, we ought to extend the same help to struggling, middle-class families.

Second, American taxpayers should have a voice and a stake in the resolution of this market crisis. If the Treasury proposal is enacted in its current form, the American government would assume enough financial risk to become the majority shareholder in the companies rescued by taxpayer dollars.

The American people are bearing the risk and therefore deserve to reap the rewards of a shared equity model. And mortgage securities bought by taxpayers must be valued accurately at prices disclosed in real time, with checks and reporting requirements to prevent abuse.

Third, taxpayers are being asked to bear an unparalleled degree of financial risk. We cannot allow taxpayers to take on this burden so that Wall Street and the Bush administration can hit the “reset button.” This historic intervention demands a historic shift in priorities: an end to the broken culture on Wall Street, and the broken economic policies in Washington.

Corporations that will benefit must be held accountable, not only to large shareholders but also to the American people, who are rightly tired of business as usual: short-term profit at the expense of long-term viability; lax oversight and regulation; obscene bonuses and golden parachutes regardless of performance; reckless risk-taking that has placed the markets in jeopardy; rewards for foreclosing on middle-class families and selling mortgages designed to fail; and outsourcing good jobs to serve short-term stock prices instead of America’s long-term economic health.

This is a sink-or-swim moment for America. We cannot simply catch our breath. We’ve got to swim for the shores. We must address the conditions that set the stage for the turmoil unfolding on Wall Street, or we will find ourselves lurching from crisis to crisis. Just as Wall Street must once again look further than the quarterly report, our nation must as well.

See HOLC came with RECOURSE. These HAMP workouts, after 18 months of no payments, then HAMP trials, then still folks are, ultimately, in as many as 1/3 of cases, walking away. With a HOLC mod we would’ve had recourse and eliminated walkaways.

What we have now is the worse of all worlds IMO. HAMP prevents markets from clearing, and IMO there is too much inventory to clear efficiently, and remember UE to stay above 9% for 2 yrs now, so figure the foreclosures accelerate not decline…

anywho with all this inventory hangover we couldn’t get a real clearing of the markets through the pain of free market at this point without social upheaval that no politician on the state level will take.

People like Marcy Kaptur D OH have been telling their constituents to squat in their homes for over a year now and local Sheriffs are in some cases refusing to evict families. They wont allow a clearing of the market. Witness CA extending tax forgiveness on short sales etc, matching the Federal program.

Mortgage Delinquencies are INCREASING amid all the confusion.

So instead we have FAN FRED FHA with UNLIMITED backing from Treasury through 2012!! yes 2012!!

The Treasury on Dec. 24 said it would provide an unlimited amount of assistance to the companies as needed for the next three years to alleviate market concern that the $400 billion lifeline for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could lapse or be exhausted. The companies, the largest source of money for U.S. home loans, were seized by the government in September 2008 as their losses threatened to further disrupt the housing market.

The Treasury also relaxed its timeline for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shrink their portfolio of retained mortgages. Previously, the companies were instructed to shrink their portfolios at a rate of 10 percent a year. Now, they will be required to keep their portfolios below a maximum limit, currently $900 billion, that will fall by 10 percent a year.

Washington-based Fannie Mae, which has lost $120.5 billion over the past nine quarters, has requested $60.9 billion from the Treasury this year. McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac has tapped $50.7 billion in government capital since November 2008 and recorded $67.9 billion in losses over nine quarters….

AND the banks via FASB are not marking the losses, and who the hell knows what they are really holding, REPO105s, I have no idea. But they won’t bite the bullet and take the hit, they are holding REO that will lower prices whenever there is any sign of a pickup and they dump them on the market.

And the big banks do NOT want to eat the seconds on these loans, THAT is why IMO they wont do the writedowns, even on insured loans.

And the taxpayers are on the hook for the losses they take on short sales on FAN FRED FHA backed loans anyway, but all those families still lost their homes. A LOSE/LOSE.

And the maroons who wrote the bad loans that tanked all our home values, the banks who underwrote them, skate and take a tax writeoff?

Gimme a frakkin break.

If you have a HAMP experience, share it with the cmte.

WSJ:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t be allowed to return to a precrisis structure that rewarded shareholders with big profits for years but ultimately saddled taxpayers with massive losses, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will tell a congressional panel Tuesday.

The administration will outline broad principles for the future of the mortgage market at the hearing, including stronger consumer protections and explicit guarantees for any government backstop of mortgages.

“The housing-finance system cannot continue to operate as it has in the past,” Mr. Geithner says in prepared testimony. The administration won’t issue a detailed overhaul proposal until later this year.

The hearing comes as Congress turns up the pressure on the administration to discuss how it plans to rebuild the mortgage market, the recipient of massive government support since the credit crunch began more than two years ago.

We need people to start focusing on it. Nobody was coming up doing the hard thinking,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), who said he called the hearing to accelerate debate on the future of Fannie and Freddie…

…Fannie and Freddie, together with the Federal Housing Administration, now back more than 9 in 10 home loans….

April 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St.

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