Housing – As predicted, Fannie director outlines Section 8 rental plans for foreclosed homes…in HOA communities…

Update: and plus, now Uncle Sam as the biggest renter/landlord in the US is artificially setting ‘free market’ fair market!? rental rates for the country, starting in the sand states, recall they are 90% of the mortgage market now the GSEs…so the investors buying houses here cheap to use as rentals now have to compete with Uncle Sam setting cheaper rates…another reason not to buy RRE just what the markets needed..not.

Update: So think about this. Let’s say you were vehemently opposed to your neighbor getting a principal reduction and staying in the house as an owner, maybe you thought that was ‘unfair’.

Okay, so now, your neighbor (or most likely your neighbor is gone now and it is a stranger), will move into that house next door and pay ‘market rental rates’, which are way lower than the perceived unfair break on mortgage payments right?

And then consider this person may in fact be a Section 8 low income housing aid recipient. Further consider this is in your gated community in which you pay exorbitant HOA fees.

Well your FAN rental neighbor will not be paying those fees, will not have the incentive of your previous OWNER neighbor to maintain property and will likely be exempt from those pesky HOA restrictions on property maintenance, after all FAN, Uncle Sam is the ‘owner’.

While Geithner and Donovan are telling Congress just THIS WEEK they have no plan for FAN FRED, FANNIE is announcing their move to become the biggest rental landlord in America, and they are going to bust gated communities in the process.

You think this is the better way to go? I think you’re nuts.

Original Post: Knew it. That woman who said Obama would pay her house and gas is laughing someplace now. In a gated community no less.

HousingWire:

The director of Fannie Mae’s  deed for lease (D4L) program outlined the initiative during Thursday’s Texas Mortgage Bankers Association (TMBA) servicing conference.

Miguel Gutierrez said the goal of Fannie Mae is to minimize family displacement for borrowers that participate in a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure program, launched early in November 2009, while managing it in a way so as to not put any undue pressure on Fannie’s ever-growing rental portfolio.

The homeowner-turned-renter is required to pay fair market rent to stay in their home for up to 12 months. The renter must have enough income to sustain a 31% income-to-rent ratio and rental payments are not subsidized by Fannie Mae, but could include renters eligible for Section 8 payments.

The example the FANNIE Director gave is an HOA community here in Phoenix:

As an example, Gutierrez outlined the situation for a fictional family that purchased a $275,000 home in Phoenix with a $247,500 mortgage and a down payment. Including homeowner association (HOA) fees, their monthly payment was $2,050. While those payments were manageable five years ago, the sample borrower had reduced income from his job and HOA fees had increased. Unable to pay their mortgage, the borrower joined the D4L program, reducing their rent to $1,000 while the family continues to look for additional income and/or alternative housing.

The upside of the program for Fannie Mae, Gutierrez said, is promoting neighborhood stabilization, mitigating real estate owned (REO) costs and provides the opportunity to consider other REO strategies, such as maintaining longer rental terms.

“With these benefits to Fannie Mae and borrower, we find the deed for lease program is an effective solution for these properties,” Gutierrez said.

There are some requirements for the new renters’ eligibility. Property managers inspect the home to ensure it is well maintained, generally an indication the renter will continue to keep the property in good repair during the lease term. The house must be eligible for lease; many times HOA rules don’t allow a home to be rental properties.

The program marks a significant shift in the strategy for the government-sponsored enterprise. Whereas Fannie Mae would previously dispose of properties in a traditional REO sale, now Fannie is becoming a landlord. Gutierrez said that’s a position Fannie is prepared to be in for the near future.

“We’re building a rental portfolio and the strategies are going to differ depending on the market. In some markets we’ll take a long view and want to hold onto the rental properties for some time,” he said. “In other markets, we may decide to reduce in our inventory. But in some cases, it’s possible some of these tenants will be able to stay in these homes for a few years.”…

April 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes. 8 comments.

Housing: Team Obama plans to ‘poll’ Americans to see what we want to do with Fannie, Freddie? Where is the leadership?! plus Ben Bernanke testifies before JEC…

Update: Ahh HousingWire says they are taking responses to their poll via the Register first. Team Obama’s answer for everything is a meeting, a poll, a panel, typical faculty lounge stuff, lol

The administration said it will first seek public response via the Federal Register listed at regulations.gov. The administration will then hold a series of public forums on housing finance reform.

Update: HousingWire has the details on the ‘poll’ Team Obama plans to take, what a disgrace! Should have and still should just do HOLC, but then Credit Suisse and UBS might take a loss, Gawd Forbid, but it is fine if taxpayers shoulder it, I call shenanigans….

The Obama Administration today puts the public behind the mic on the reform of the US housing finance system, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A list of questions published today targets the opinions of mortgage market participants, industry groups, academic experts and consumer and community organizations, according to an e-mailed statement from the US Treasury Department.

Here is the Treasury Press Release:, they do not list where to send your input, lol, but here is their contact info:

http://www.ustreas.gov/contacts.shtml

Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

General Information: (202) 622-2000
Fax: (202) 622-6415

7:23: Shaun Donovan (HUD Sectry) says he does NOT believe the stress on housing affordability fueled the crisis and that it was vagueness in the programs that was a problem. Oh boy.

Ed Royce R-CA is disputing this and citing Geithner’s previous testimony that the GSEs used the affordability mandates to buy bad loans…well yeah!

Okay we’re 20 mins in and it’s a smack down, you must watch this hearing!

now Mel Watt D-NC is talking up low income rental housing and the GSE roles in that. This is one of Barney Frank’s pet plans. I have long said they will take these foreclosed homes and convert them to Section 8 after families lose them. Unreal.

7:20 am AZ time: Watch the hearing live now here

ZOMG!! BUY A FRAKKIN CLUE TEAM OBAMA!!!! Lordy, Lordy..I thought these guys were SOOPER GENIUSES who had a plan before he even took office!

Now we have an uncapped FAN FRED FHA debt growing exponentially and they want to take a frakkin poll? Are you frakkin kidding me?!

The hearing with the House Financial Services Cmte has begun and Spencer Baucus R has nailed the issue-

Ranking Member Spencer Bachus gives opening remarks at a Financial Services hearing on the future of housing finance, where the Obama Administration failed to provide a plan for reforming Fannie and Freddie.

If that hearing doesn’t terrify you, see Ben Bernanke live here before the Joint Economic Cmte suddenly acknowledging we have a serious fiscal crisis and need immediate action, funny he didn’t say that before they rammed down the Obamacare bill huh? frakker.

April 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Housing Update: Barney Frank and James Lockhart (former head of FHFA) on Fannie Freddie Bailouts

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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.”…

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January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Golden Slacks to make a profit?? Housing Update: All About Fannie Mae – Delinquency rate explodes, book of business now at $3.242 trillion

Golden Slacks update moved to end of post

Oh shxt! I feel like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid looking at that hockey stick cliff of a chart on FANNIE default rates, can’t we just face the Bolivian Army instead?! Maybe they WILL surrender to us!

FNM SD 10.30

courtesy of Tyler Durden @ ZeroHedge

From DirectorBlue, courtesy of Tyler Durden @ ZeroHedge h/t Instapundit. And the ABSOLUTE LOONS in Congress think extending a homebuyer tax credit is the way to spend money in housing when FAN FRED defaults are rising this way? Good Gawd Almighty. The Tarp Congressional Oversight Panel agrees, the Treasury housing plan IS NOT WORKING.

The [Fannie Mae] “seriously delinquent” rate has gone parabolic, increasing by roughly 5% sequentially and just under 300% YoY [year-over-year]. As mere text will simply not do this metric justice, please enjoy this chart of the dataset from Blytic. It tells you all you need to know about the Fed’s containment of the housing problem

The August seriously delinquent single-family number comprised of a 2.87% non-credit enhanced delinquencies and a very bothersome 11.52%, consisting of credit enhanced loans… The deterioration of FNM’s book however did not stop it from increasing the size of its book [loans]. In September Fannie’s total book of business hit $3.242 trillion, up from $3.229 trillion in August and $3.079 trillion in the prior year…

…This trend should bother you, dear taxpayer, because it is your money on the hook here, which is not only massively mismanaged by Bernanke & Co., LLC, but which sees another $80 billion of free funding every month courtesy of the dollar printing press to onboard even more toxic garbage onto your balance sheet….

We have been covering the housing mess extensively, not least because we are in the middle of it here in Phoenix. We discussed the impending FHA bailout (which they still deny they need) here. Our coverage of the impending second collapse in housing courtesy of UBS’ think tank here. Some highlights:

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November 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 5 comments.

Fxcktards On Parade: Fannie & Freddie Announce Mortgage Debt forgiveness for ‘certain’ borrowers 8 years after it would have helped the economy…

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8 years late and an entire fxckin’ TARP trillion short boys. This will just pxss people off.

FHFA announces Principal Reduction Modification program. Details:

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer principal reduction to certain seriously delinquent, underwater borrowers who are still struggling in the aftermath of the financial crisis to help them avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.  The new Principal Reduction Modification program is a one-time offering for borrowers whose loans are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and who meet specific eligibility criteria…

FHFA.gov Fact Sheet

• Are owner-occupants.

• Are at least 90 days delinquent as of March 1, 2016.

• Have an unpaid principal balance of $250,000 or less.

• Have a mark-to-market loan-to-value ratio of more than 115% after capitalization.

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April 14, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . CITI, citigroup, Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, GOP, Housing, Immigration, Labor Department, migrant crisis, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Trump, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

The Housing Bubble Always Pops Thrice…

…or something.

We’ve been Through the Looking Glass for so long now I forget how many times we’ve bumped the fake bottom in 07.  Shedlock has the awesome charts, here we are in Housing starts in ’11-

housing starts CR

Someone should have played the Frozen soundtrack for Bernanke and Yellen and we would’ve been on the plateau end of a nice recovery by now. Let it Fxckin’ Go already. Instead we have miles to go to bottom out housing prices.

Importantly, extra requirements were added so well documented citizens have to jump through hoops, and if you have good credit they don’t want you-

…New government rules have mortgage lenders checking, and double-checking, the income status of borrowers. Now more than ever, lenders want to ensure that home buyers have the ability to repay their loan obligations…

Personally I think all that was needed was removing the high risk low underwriting loans backed by tax dollars. Jamie Dimon wants to lend to everyone with a pulse? Great, but not on my back jack. But instead we got extra regs and the undocumented applications got bumped up and okayed increasing the risks of another national bubble and accompanying collapse even more likely, while hampering the middle class ability to function (as does everything Ive seen DC do since 1999):

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April 7, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . CITI, citigroup, Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Immigration, Labor Department, migrant crisis, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, refugee, TARP, Taxes, Wall St. 2 comments.

Housing Double Dip revealed as New Sales plunge 17% m/m down 28% y/y to record low ~ Let the TBTF Games Begin!

Update at end of post

American Homeowners are Home Alone while Benny and the Feds continue to PROTECT TBTF BANKS as their ONE AND ONLY MANDATE.

New sales of single-family homes fell nearly 17% in February from a month earlier, coming in well below analysts’ estimates and at the lowest level recorded….

…February sales are down 28% from a year earlier….

And as we have been saying  til we’re blue in the face, it is now NATIONWIDE:

In the Northeast in February, new homes sales cratered, falling 57% from January, according to the joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Okay you say, how about prices? What is the delta, the RATE of change? It is ACCELERATING TO THE DOWNSIDE~lowest price since December 2003~

…The median sales price of new homes sold last month was $202,100, down nearly 14% from January, representing the largest monthly decline yet….

Tiny Tim and Bankster Ben have been in full save the banks, ‘extend and pretend’ on housing mode for THREE YEARS.

And where has that gotten the REAL ECONOMY~ The Main St economy? Absolutely nowhere.

Where has that gotten the TBTF? They will still fail if they take the losses they NEED to take, but they have lots of nice bonuses and dividends (Except for BofA which is the redhaired stepchild and is allowed to wither on the vine sans dividends) and Jamie Dimon was even able to produce a $20Billion line of credit for ATT to become Ma Bell, again.

The economy on Main St will NOT RECOVER until housing is addressed in a MEANINGFUL way that allows consumers to correct their balance sheets.

You know, the way the TBTF are allowed to. The way CRE is allowed to. The way every Wall St firm is allowed to, by RESTRUCTURING THE DEBT. HOLC or real mods, pick your poison.

Or we can keep IGNORING the real problem and let the banks who MADE THE STUPID LOANS be the ONLY ONES who get off with NO LOSSES TAKEN while the US consumer continues to struggle for years under the housing morass as Ben prints to infinity and beyond like a deranged Buzz Lightyear.

To Hyperinflation and Beyond!!!

Update: Oh lookee here!! Chris Whalen says FAN FRED are hiding ANOTHER 100B in losses on their books! But TPTB and TBTF are claiming writing down homeowners principal will cost taxpayers? Bullshit. And don;t EVEN talk to me about moral hazard after the shxt the Fed is doing for the banks.

…Both investors and Congress need a lot more details about the purchases of defaulted loans by Fannie and Freddie. We need to know exactly how many dud loans have migrated back to the GSEs, what their loan loss reserve is, how much of that loan loss reserve is “covered” by the MIs and how much “capital” the MIs have against these exposures. The GSE are letting dead loans sit on their books in part to avoid recognizing the losses, an event that would drive many of the MIs into bankruptcy. If you look at how slow the process of final loss recognition by Fannie and Freddie is proceeding, then you’ll understand why the publicly disclosed loss rates reported by Fannie and Freddie have been falling.

Instead of demanding insurance payments, the GSEs are doing everything in their power to keep the MIs looking like going concerns so that they can count the MI “receivable” as a good asset. This is why the GSEs direct LTV based LLPAs to the MIs, to keep some cash flowing their way, and…

If there was a proper mark-to-market on the MIs (like all proper insurance/reinsurance businesses do), then the MIs would be massively insolvent. The GSEs would have to take another huge amount of capital from Treasury. Geithner and the GSEs are trying to avoid it, and to date are getting away with it….

March 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Housing: State AGs testify before Senate Banking Cmte on foreclosure fraud 2:30pm ET; securitization lobby strikes back at TARP COP report on failures

Update 7: Video added of Levitan explaining the losses must be taken, still, and the US taxpayer isnt taking them this time, no more bailouts, thus the TBTF need to eat the shxt they created. and added video of  NACA calling out Lowman of Chase. Clips courtesy of CSPAN and FDL TV

Update 6: Perfect end to this, Diana Olick, via ZeroHedge, reports the AGs are gonna kill the investigation and cut a WEAK deal to have some pitiful fund for possible restitution to ‘wronged’ homeowners, and an attempt to end the two track system wherein banks keep foreclosure proceedings open, timeline evolving, while evaluating homeowners for mods. Like I said, WEAK.  We need HOLC but we arent gonna get it. Lack of leadership.

My totally unprofessional advice: if you were reamed by servicers with fees and gouged with atty fees or forced placed insurance, or foreclosed on while in HAMP trial modification, or HAMP application process, then contact your STATE AG NOW. File a complaint with your state AG NOW.

Update 5: WSJ reports on modifications being the tool of choice for the AG settlement options and the legislators.

Update 4: Hmmm. CFO of Fannie resigns.

Update 3: Well it’s an oligarchy folks and the TBTF are in control. WASS. I disagree with David Dayen of FDL on practically everything, but he has been doing an excellent job following the foreclosure and housing crisis and the impact on the economy at large and we concur on this issue. He live blogged the hearing today here.

…Dodd says he held a summit on how to handle foreclosures with servicers in 2007. Servicers agreed to modifications, added resources to deal with the scale of delinquencies. Despite agreeing to that, the servicers simply failed to do any of this.

Dodd mentions people losing their homes without having mortgages. Banks were “too quick” to call robo-signing scandal a technical problem, seem emblematic of much deeper problems with servicing practices “putting homeowners at risk.” The current servicer business model “is broken” and not equipped to deal with the current crisis. Mentions financial disincentives to modification among servicers. Could be “extensive problems” throughout the servicing process. Quotes Sarah Bloom Raskin on all the servicer fraud. “Service-driven defaults,” mentions “forced-place insurance” scandal, failure to record transfer, failure to administer HAMP, failure to meet requirements of foreclosure process, and failure to manage trusts under pooling and servicing agreements.

Mentions COP report and systemic risk.

Dodd says he created Financial Stability Oversight Council to deal with exactly this issue. That’s a big deal; the FSOC doesn’t think this is a systemic risk.

Dodd says we need more robust loan modifications with real principal forgiveness, but should expedite foreclosures where the homes are vacant. Must put an end to this housing crisis….(go read the whole live blog!)

Chase claimed they never wrongfully foreclosed, at which point Bruce Marks of NACA jumped up with around 20 supporters and he yelled Perjury! and called the Chase Suit a liar, which the Chase suit clearly is. NACA has been unable to get JPMChase to throw any modification action their way so Marks is pixxed. BofA and others get a ‘pass’ from Marks and NACA because they play ball. If you want help from NACA you sign an agreement to go ‘protest; several times a year at their request.

Consumers are so screwed. Nary a peep from the much vaunted Consumer Protection Team led by the suddenly mute Elizabeth Warren.

The economy will not recover until the American consumer can deleverage and the TBTF MUST take a hit on the books a big hit to do that. It is the simple truth, let;s see how long they can pump $ to try to make the TBTF whole, they do not get it. UE will continue and more homeowners will default.

If the incentives which securitization skewed are not realigned and I would say restored, then there is NO PROFIT MOTIVE for the TBTF Servicers to make meaningful mods the way banks did time immemorial pre MSB bullshxt.

Bank of America is responding to the securitization fiasco by proclaiming they are in HAND TO HAND COMBAT with bondholders on putbacks of Countrywide loans that failed to comply with the PSAs. Fabulous.

To fix what the TBTF geniuses did by overleveraging the world on bad MBS loans they, the TBTF must take a hit, the GLOBAL taxpayers of the industrialized world have ALREADY taken HUGE hits, time to share the pain big boyz, write down losses on HELOCS, release the dead equity off the loans, let ALL refi to 3%

Give all GIs a home loan! There are answers but since they all involve the TBTF taking huge hits and decimating their bonus pools geithner and co cannot see them as options. Frakkers.

Update 2: The complete PDF of the Congressional Oversight Panel report on the mortgage securitization/foreclosure fraud fiasco.

Update: CSPAN now has the hearing listed as 3:15pm ET. Will be carried here

The Senate Banking Committee will hear testimony from the State AGS investigating what IS SYSTEMIC FORECLOSURE FRAUD AND A FAILURE OF THE SERVICING AND SECURITIZATION PROCESS today. Bankstas will be there to whine as well.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
02:30 PM – 05:00 PM
538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The witnesses will be: The Honorable Tom Miller, Attorney General, State of Iowa; Ms. Barbara J. Desoer, President, Bank of America Home Loans; Mr. David Lowman, CEO, Chase Home Lending; Mr. Adam J. Levitin, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; and Ms. Diane Thompson, Counsel, National Consumer Law Center. Additional witnesses may be announced at a later date.

TBTF are still fraudulently foreclosing on Americans. Regardless of your feelings on this issue you should recognize the extreme danger to property rights and rule of law if the securitization fiasco via MERS is allowed to continue to  bypass state courts. No one’s property will be safe if TBTF can manufacture documentation and take your property without due process. PEOPLE WITHOUT LOANS ARE LOSING HOMES ALREADY. HOLC FTW. Sept 28 2008 HRC in WSJ on HOLC here.

HousingWire:

The Senate Banking Committee will hear testimony Tuesday from both sides of recent foreclosure problems at the major banks.

…Senate Banking Committee will hear testimony on the issue from Bank of America Home Loans President Barbara Desoer and JPMorgan Chase Home Lending CEO David Lowman. Speaking first will be Iowa AG Tom Miller, who is heading up the 50-state investigation.

Diane Thompson, counsel for the National Consumer Law Center, and Adam Levitin, an associate professor of law at Georgetown University will also testify.

Those listening in can expect Desoer and Lowman to elaborate on the amount of volume the banks are facing, and the others to demand action to sure up servicing operations…..

Oh cry me a fxckin river. The poor poor TooBigToFail shxtheads that took down the global economy are whining b/c they don’t have enough staff to foreclose?

I CALL BULLSHIT! They DELIBERATELY left peeps in homes to AVOID TOO MUCH INVENTORY DRAGGING DOWN PRICES.

They DELIBERATELY used HAMP as an EXTEND AND PRETEND vehicle to DRAIN FAMILY’S LAST RESOURCES only to turn around and deny the mod when the family had nothing left.

FXCK the TBTF. And Fxck the banksta backed Obamaites like Geithner who are selling Americans PROPERTY RIGHTS and RIGHTS TO DUE PROCESS down the river to avoid WRITING DOWN BAD PAPER, AND HELOCS.

The TBTF MADE THE LOANS, the TBTF DESIGNED THE ENTIRE SECURITIZATION PROCESS.

We, taxpayers, made them whole. They have failed to do jack shxt to help families.

Obama is an utter failure. Hillary would have done HOLC, This would be BEHIND US. We would be RECOVERING.

As we have said for THREE YEARS, there will be NO ECONOMIC RECOVERY if HOUSING is not addressed. DO THE DAMNED HOLC.

Meanwhile back at the ranch the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel (TARP COP) REAMED the securitization market in a report today based on a hearing two weeks ago.

..”I’m concerned about Treasury making representations categorically that you don’t see a systemic risk,” Silvers told Treasury’s chief homeownership officer. “And let me walk you through exactly why.”

“That letter asks for $47 billion of mortgages — of mortgage- backed securities to be repurchased at par,” Silvers went on. “Do you know what those mortgages are currently carried at … the market value of those bonds today?”

Caldwell declined to comment.

Silvers continued:

“OK, fine. Let me tell you what the Fed says they’re worth. The Fed tells us they’re worth 50 cents on the dollar. So if the Fed’s request to Bank of America is honored, right, Bank of America, assuming they are carrying these bonds, assuming when they buy them back they mark them to market, Bank of America will take a $23 billion loss.

“The Federal Reserve further informs us that there is nothing particularly unique about that particular set of mortgage-backed securities — meaning they have not been chosen…because they’re particularly bad. They believe they are of a common quality with the rest of Bank of America’s underwritten mortgage-backed securities. There are $2 trillion [worth] of Bank of America’s underwritten mortgage-backed securities.

“Five such deals — five such requests, if honored to Bank of America…will amount to more than the current market capitalization of Bank of America, which is $115 billion.

“Now do you wish to retract your statement that there is no systemic risk in this situation? And the word is ‘risk’ — not ‘certainty’ — but ‘risk’? And I would urge you to do so, because these things can be embarrassing later.”…

From the report issued today:

…”Clear and uncontested property rights are the foundation of the housing market,” the report said. “If these rights fall into question, that foundation could collapse. Borrowers may be unable to determine whether they are sending their monthly payments to the right people. Judges may block any effort to foreclose, even in cases where borrowers have failed to make regular payments.”…

Better do HOLC now Bankstas NO MORE TAXPAYER BAILOUT $ FOR YOU!!!! FHA will take until 2014 to get to 2% MANDATED reserves!! Good Grief!! And ‘experts’ agree, HOUSING IS GOING DOWN AGAIN.

SIFMA the IDIOTS who designed the securitization process and who lobby for it madly have a typical it’s all lies! everything is fine! response courtesy the NYT acting as mouthpiece for Obama positions as always via Naked Capitalism:

..No Breaks for Robo-signing Computer Stamping Files“:

It doesn’t matter when mortgage assignments and endorsements are recorded because the existence of the pooling and service agreement and purchase sale agreement is proof in itself that the loan was conveyed, said Stephen Ornstein, a partner in the Washington office of SNR Denton, a law firm that represents loan servicers and lenders.

“If the assignment is missing, you can create it by having the old assignee reassign it to you,” Ornstein said.

I’ve heard this argument before, and none of the five experts who advise New York state on trust matters (and virtually all mortgage securitizations use New York trusts) accept that point of view. New York trusts can accept assets only as stipulated in their governing agreement. The pooling and servicing agreement made very specific provisions as to how the notes (the borrower IOUs) were to be endorsed and further required that the process be completed by specific dates, typically no later than 90 days after the trust was closed, with only very limited exceptions. And the trustee, on behalf of the trust, was required to provide multiple certifications that all these steps had been taken.

Let’s put it another way: the industry position is that the underlying contract, the pooling and servicing agreement, can just be ignored if the industry screws up on a grand enough scale. Would any servicer tolerate this argument if someone, say Treasury, tried to cut their fees? Funny how the “sanctity of contract” argument is nowhere to be found when adherence to contracts might crimp industry profits….

The soopergeniuses in D.C. and on Wall St have tried everything EXCEPT meaningful mods, helping homeowners, principal writedowns-HOLC. Nothing is working. DO THE DAMNED HOLC ALREADY.

EVEN CATO IS NOW BEHIND HOLC!!

November 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

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