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  • Freddie Mac CEO to step down

    10/26/2011 8:23:47 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-10-26 | Peter Schroeder
    Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman, Jr., has announced his plans to step down as chief executive officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac sometime in the next year. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which regulates Freddie and its counterpart Fannie Mae, announced Wednesday that Haldeman is looking to leave the government-sponsored enterprise some time next year.
  • Five Ways the White House Is Changing Federally Backed Mortgages

    10/25/2011 10:39:03 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    national journal ^ | 10-24-11 | Julia Edwards
    President Obama’s message to spur the economy has changed from “pass this bill” to “we can’t wait.” And mortgage rates are the impatient administration’s first target. Rather than waiting for congressional action to improve the outlook for homeowners, the White House is making it easier to refinance loans backed by the Home Affordable Refinance Program. Though the executive branch can’t legally reach into the practices of private lenders, here is a look at a list of changes (and nudges) the administration plans to implement beginning on Nov. 15:
  • Obama administration to offer home re-fi plan "independent of how deeply underwater they are"

    10/24/2011 2:37:57 PM PDT · by martosko · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/24/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is expanding his use of federal regulations by prodding the financial sector to sell low-interest mortgages to millions of cash-strapped homeowners “independent of how deeply underwater they are,” said Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monday morning. White House officials worked with real-estate and financial-sector groups to shift the financial risks that have kept high-risk borrowers from getting mortgages. Under Obama’s plan, mortgages will even be offered to homeowners who need to borrow 125 percent of a house’s value, Donovan added.
  • President Obama to Announce Major Revamp of Home Lending Program, HARP

    10/24/2011 8:17:51 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/24/11 | FoxNews
    Las Vegas – Seeking to breathe new life into a sagging economy, President Obama will attempt an executive branch rescue of homeowners trying to refinance underwater mortgages, with a new initiative that lets people with little or no equity get a better interest rate at a reduced cost. The initiative, the first in a series of announcements expected this week by the president, applies to homeowners with federally guaranteed mortgages who are current on their payments. The revamped Home Affordable Refinance Program, which aims to avert foreclosures, is expected "to encourage new, lower-cost loans" to more homeowners who are paying...
  • Banks Not Wanting to Lend Myth / Preventing Foreclosures Hurting Housing Market

    10/23/2011 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 10 replies
    mhanson.com ^ | October, 23 2011 | Mark Hanson (Mr. Mortgage)
    Banks Not Wanting to Lend is a myth. It’s a trendy thing to blame the banks for not wanting to lend, but it’s not reality. Don’t get me wrong…most everything else might be able to be blamed on them, but not this. This is what makes the problem in mortgage and housing so fundamentally grave. It’s just not as easy as lowering rates, doing a mass refi event, or pulling Foreclosures off the market. After nearly 5 years, if there was an easy fix (such as printing trillions of dollars in order to try to create inflation) housing would be...
  • Congressman: Obama should unilaterally ‘refinance every home mortgage’ [VIDEO]

    10/22/2011 4:59:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies
    Congressman: Obama should unilaterally ‘refinance every home mortgage’ [VIDEO] By Nicholas Ballasy - The Daily Caller 11:43 PM 10/21/2011 Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran told The Daily Caller on Thursday evening that President Obama should “refinance every home mortgage” without congressional approval in order to “reset the economy.” “Absolutely, I think [Obama] should do that but there are not a lot of places where he can act unilaterally,” Moran told TheDC during Conservation International’s Oct. 20 dinner in Washington, D.C. “If he chooses to act unilaterally,” Moran said, “the likelihood is that there will be language in the appropriations bills...
  • Here's The Fed Speech That Has Everyone Buzzing About 'QE3' Tonight

    10/20/2011 7:50:58 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-20-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Here's The Fed Speech That Has Everyone Buzzing About 'QE3' Tonight Joe Weisenthal Oct. 20, 2011, 6:53 PM The big econ news of the night is this report from WSJ that the Fed is considering large-scale mortgage purchases to drive down rates even further. This talk appears to have been set off by a speech given by Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo given this evening at Columbia where he talks up precisely this: Mortgage purchases. Here's the relevant bit: Within the FOMC and in the broader policy community, there has been considerable discussion of possible additional accommodative measures, from communication strategies...
  • Banks turn to demolition of foreclosed properties to ease housing-market pressures

    10/14/2011 8:38:40 PM PDT · by FritzG · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12 Oct 2011 | Brady Dennis
    The sight of excavators tearing down vacant buildings has become common in this foreclosure-ravaged city, where the housing crisis hit early and hard. But the story behind the recent wave of demolitions is novel — and cities around the country are taking notice. A handful of the nation’s largest banks have begun giving away scores of properties that are abandoned or otherwise at risk of languishing indefinitely and further dragging down already depressed neighborhoods. The banks have even been footing the bill for the demolitions — as much as $7,500 a pop. Four years into the housing crisis, the ongoing...
  • Banks are dunning the wrong people/vanity

    10/12/2011 6:50:27 AM PDT · by estrogen · 16 replies
    today | estrogen
    Banks dunning people who pay their bills....what about the deadbeats !!!
  • Mortgage rates drop below 4 percent for first time ever

    10/06/2011 10:57:40 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 2 replies
    msnbc ^ | October 6, 2011
    The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage this week fell below 4 percent for the first time ever, to 3.94 percent. For those who can qualify, it's an extraordinary opportunity to buy or refinance. And mortgage rates could fall even further now that the Federal Reserve plans to reshuffle its portfolio of securities to try and lower long-term rates. On Thursday, Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped from 4.01 percent last week, the previous low. The average rate on a 15-year fixed loan, a popular refinancing option, dipped to 3.26 percent, also a...
  • No Rise in Home Prices Until 2020: Bankers

    09/30/2011 11:24:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 30, 2011 | Karina Frayter, CNBC Markets Producer
    Home prices are unlikely to recover before 2020 and mortgage defaults will persist for years, says a survey of bank risk managers out Friday. The survey conducted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association for FICO, found that 49 percent of respondents do not expect housing prices to rise back to 2007 levels for another nine years. Only 21 percent of respondents said they would. The findings, which authors called “a decidedly pessimistic outlook”, are a sharp reversal from cautious optimism the survey respondents expressed late last year and in early 2011. In addition, 73 percent of surveyed bankers say...
  • Are there any California freepers knowledgeable about mortgages?

    09/25/2011 4:20:07 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 26 replies
    I know a divorced lady who is upside down in her mortgage. Her employer has also been cutting back her hours and she was late last month making her payment. She financed through a bank that sold her mortgage in the secondary market to Bank of America. Bank of America refuses to talk to her about renegotiating her loan. Other than walking away, does she have any options? Thanx.
  • New plan: Let’s sue all the banks! (in response to the damage they did to Fannie and Freddie)

    09/02/2011 7:53:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Dear Banks, Remember all of that bailout money you received? Sure hope you saved some of it. US authorities are preparing to sue more than a dozen big banks over claims they misrepresented the quality of mortgages sold during the 2006-7 housing bubble.The US Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which is overseeing the remains of failed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is reportedly planning to argue that America’s biggest banks failed to check the health of mortgages before they sold them on to investors. The collapse of hundreds of thousands of sub-prime mortgages triggered the 2008 credit crisis...
  • U.S. to sue big banks for billions over mortgage crisis

    09/02/2011 2:28:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2011
    Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs are among those expected to be named in the lawsuit. The agency that oversees U.S. mortgage markets is preparing to file suit against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgages they packaged and sold during the housing bubble, The New York Times reported on Thursday. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is expected to file suit against Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among other banks, the Times reported, citing three...
  • U.S. Set To Sue Big Banks Over Bad Mortgages

    09/01/2011 9:23:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 01, 2011 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    U.S. Set To Sue Big Banks Over Bad Mortgages Agency says B of A, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, others misrepresented securities By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ The federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is set to file suits against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities they assembled and sold at the height of the housing bubble, and seeking billions of dollars in compensation. The Federal Housing Finance Agency suits, which are expected to be filed in the coming days in federal court, are aimed at Bank...
  • US Preparing To Sue Banks For Billions Over Misrepresenting Safety Of Mortgage Securities

    09/01/2011 8:31:48 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-1-2011 | Zeke Miller
    US Preparing To Sue Banks For Billions Over Misrepresenting Safety Of Mortgage Securities Zeke Miller Sep. 1, 2011, 10:37 PM The New York Times scoops that the federal government is preparing to file suit against a dozen major banks in the coming days for their roles in 2008 financial crisis. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is alleging that the banks misrepresented the quality of mortgages bundled together as securities — billing subprime loans as secure investments. Among the banks set to be slapped with lawsuits according to the Times are: Bank of America,...
  • Justice's New War Against Lenders

    09/01/2011 9:00:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 31, 2011 | Mary Kissel
    Justice's New War Against Lenders The Obama administration repeats mistakes of the past by intimidating banks into lending to minority borrowers at below-market rates in the name of combatting discrimination. By MARY KISSEL Talk about not learning from past mistakes: A government department is again intimidating banks into lending to minority borrowers at below-market rates, all in the name of combating "discrimination." Welcome to the next housing mess. The 1990s may have brought us supercharged politicized lending, but Eric Holder's Department of Justice is taking the game to an entirely new level, and then some. The weapon is a "fair...
  • Maxine Waters Warns ‘Gangsta’ Banks, "We're Gonna Tax Them Out of Business" (VIDEO)

    09/01/2011 6:25:38 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 54 replies
    hapblog.com ^ | August 31st
    At a Town Hall event in Los Angeles, Dem congresswoman Maxine Waters said the president should use the bully pulpit to, "bring the gangstas in, put them around the table and let them know that if they don't come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes, that they've worked so hard for, we're gonna tax them out of business"
  • Maxine Waters bullies banks: “[W]e’re going to tax them out of business”

    08/31/2011 5:08:14 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 26 replies
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 8/30/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Ah, the Swamp Queen is doing what she does best: Throwing the weight of government around to intimidate private businesses and shake ‘em down. The Congressional Black Caucus is trying to help by organizing job fairs across the country. Congresswoman Maxine Waters also wants to help by putting more pressure on the big banks to help with mortgages. “If they don’t come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes that they’ve worked so hard for, we’re going to tax them out of business,” said Waters.
  • U.S. Bancorp sues Bank of America over bad mortgages

    08/30/2011 5:28:11 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-30-11 | ap
    The lawsuits against Bank of America are piling up. The latest comes from Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, which wants Bank of America Corp. to repurchase poorly-written mortgages sold by Countrywide Financial in 2005. Bank of America bought Countrywide Financial Corp. in 2008. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York on Monday, claims Countrywide sold U.S. Bancorp a pool of over 4,000 loans originally valued at $1.75 billion. U.S. Bancorp claims Countrywide ignored its own mortgage underwriting guidelines when issuing those loans. According to the complaint, Countrywide agreed to repurchase loans within 90 days if any of the statements made in...