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-

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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.

Jamie’s Cryin – Episode 3: Wherein Jamie Loses the Debit Swipe Battle & is Forced to Take Bernanke to Task for Raising Capital Requirements from the Floor of a Finance Summit

Update: I want to add that IMO Jamie is the best Bank CEO out there. He is brilliant. He is savvy, he is kewt, he is a capitalist, I dig it. I wanted him for Treasury Secretary and wrote about it in March of ’09. But the TBTF have refused to allow the consumer to deleverage from the crushing weight of their housing debt, and the TBTF helped create this problem.

They are the whiz kids in the room, Mom and Pop Homeowner need a HOLC, and the TBTF blocked it and continue to block it, assuring us a long, slow, slog through a Depression like forced deleveraging as the Fed continues to try to inflate its way out of this massive debt it used to prop the very same TBTF.

All unnecessary pain, if only the TBTF would take some of the responsibility they like to lecture about when they laughingly call principal writedowns moral harazrd after they made the Goddamned loans. (see Meredith Whitney ask Jamie about this on an earnings call in January 2010)

Lost juice Jamie? Have you Lost Hand? Did you think buying the POTUSship for Obama meant a free reign?

Did you think basing all our policies on what is best for a handful of TBTF bankstas was really a good way to GROW the American economy?

Oh woe is me. Cry me a river.

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PragmaticCapitalism has it:

(…) his bank was saved from the brink of disaster in 2008. The US government took extraordinary measures to ensure that he did not go down as one of the greatest bank failures of all-time. In fact, the US government did him a huge favor by making his bank the linchpin in the US economy.

Of course, this was done by making Mr. Dimon’s already too big to fail bank too bigger to fail. But none of this is enough. Saving someone’s career and ensuring that their bank is now an instrumental portion of the US economy is not enough. And in a fit of rage Mr. Dimon went and rewarded himself with a monstrous $16MM pay package last year. After all, he deserved it. But this is not enough.

It’s not enough to pay yourself outrageous sums of money when your company should be in a hole in the ground. It’s not enough to have the government by the throat and know that the taxpayers can never let your company fail. It’s not enough to have been a key player in helping the US banking system become the gigantic leach on the world’s largest economy. It’s not enough that you help pull our best and brightest minds out of productive fields and into finance where they will do nothing but think of new ways to help separate the middle class from their savings. It’s not enough that you helped build a banking system that nearly crashed a $15 trillion economy.

No none of this is enough. And when we pass an incredibly weak regulatory bill that does nothing to actually fix what caused the crisis you go and complain that the government is doing too much….

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Then today REALLY SUCKED for Jamie when he lost the Debit Card Swipe Fee battle to the retailers despite INSANE LOBBYING and Jon Tester- D-MT, Bob Corker R-TN last minute attempt to stave off the changes for a year.

This is a Fed set cap on swipe fees. Lowering avg fee charged to RETAILERS from .44 a swipe to .12 a swipe. TBTF are babied left and right, the retailers are going out of business left and right let the Fed baby someone else for a change Jamie. I’m sure Obama will give you another bailout any second now anyway.

WSJ:

…The fee cut could cost the card industry and banks billions of dollars, but nobody in the retail business is shedding any tears — it will save them money.

Bank stocks, up earlier in the day, flipped into the red on the news and ended down nearly 1%, making them among the worst performers in the market today….

June 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Video ~ Meredith Whitney talks Banks, States, Munis & Stocks

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June 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Healthcare, Housing, Labor Department, media, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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.

It’s Bad, It’s Nationwide: Case Shiller Index ~ housing continues to tank

like ZZ Top said~IT’S BAD, IT’S NATIONWIDE (& QE isnt doing JACK about it)

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CNBC:

…Eleven of the markets hit their lowest point since the housing bust, in 2006 and 2007: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Seattle and Tampa, Fla.

The damage from the real estate bubble now spreads well beyond the Sun Belt, where new homes cropped up at a frantic pace during the mid-2000s. In many places, prices are expected to keep falling for at least the next six months….

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February 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Housing: MERS gets nailed – Judge rules MERS cannot transfer mortgage rights, “MERS’s position that it can be both the mortgagee and an agent of the mortgagee is absurd, at best.”

Update 3: Case Caption for those inclined:

In re: FERREL L. AGARD, Debtor
Case No. 810-77338-reg
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

Update 2: Barry Ritholtz has the ruling and more up at The Big Picture.

Update 1: Read this piece at NakedCapitalism for more background on the horror of MERS. It was a work around for the TooBigToFail as they didnt have time for pesky County Recorder’s offices and processes and fees in their rush to securitize the shxt out of the entire country. Rife for fraud and property theft is the system the TBTF and MERS have created. It must be ended or no property is safe IMO.

FINALLY!!! Look for sudden legislation to appear tucked in a bill..per Judge’s ruling:

“It is up to the legislative branch, if it chooses, to amend the current statutes to confer upon MERS the requisite authority to assign mortgages under its current business practices.”

watch the Congress Critters carefully…especially those RE lovers like Isaakson..

Bloomberg:

“MERS’s theory that it can act as a ‘common agent’ for undisclosed principals is not supported by the law,” Grossman wrote in a Feb. 10 opinion. “MERS did not have authority, as ‘nominee’ or agent, to assign the mortgage absent a showing that it was given specific written directions by its principal.”…

…“MERS and its partners made the decision to create and operate under a business model that was designed in large part to avoid the requirements of the traditional mortgage-recording process,” Grossman wrote. “The court does not accept the argument that because MERS may be involved with 50 percent of all residential mortgages in the country, that is reason enough for this court to turn a blind eye to the fact that this process does not comply with the law.”…

February 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Mort Zuckerman: ‘Home Prices will decline for years’

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In other BAD housing news, Tom Miller the Lead AG on the servicer fraud investigation has caved. From ‘criminal charges’ to nothing to see here, move along, move along. Maybe this is a move to get himself appointed to head the Consumer Protection Panel, the place where Elizabeth Warren went to grow moss.

TBTF win again, middle class loses, thus the economy loses long run.

Naked Capitalism has the Miller scoop:

I’m not exactly surprised at the bait and switch by Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller, who is leading the 50 state investigation by state attorney generals into mortgage abuses. Less than a month ago promised that he would “put people in jail” Now he’s apparently decided to adopt a “move along, nothing to see here” posture. Per Bloomberg (hat tip reader Duncan B, who also sent a copy of a stinging e-mail to his state AG):

The five largest loan servicers, including Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., may be the first to settle with the 50 state attorneys general probing foreclosure practices, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said…..The group isn’t pursuing a criminal investigation, Miller said. “Our focus is to reform the servicing process and that’s inherently civil, not criminal,” he said….

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January 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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