Saturday , 16 January 2021

FHFA Considering Limited Principal Reduction

By Jann Swanson

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Even though his predecessor as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was adamant in his refusal to consider it, Melvin L. Watt seems receptive to allowing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae some leeway to reduce the principal balance of their troubled loans. According to Bloomberg News, Watt told reporters that he is studying a way to provide principal reduction to a narrow group of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages without increasing costs for U.S. taxpayers. Principal reduction has been a principle tool used by other lenders when modifying mortgages but is not allowed on those in the portfolio of the two government sponsored enterprises (GSEs). The number of homeowners who owe more on their homes than those homes are worth has been declining steadily as home prices have…(read more)

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