FHFA: Principal reduction would cost Fannie, Freddie $100 billion

FHFA: Principal reduction would cost Fannie, Freddie $100 billion

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A principal reduction program for underwater loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could cost the government-sponsored enterprises more than $100 billion, according to Federal Housing Finance.

A popular theory in the progressive movement in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, principal reduction has been criticized for its potential to burden taxpayers. A January 2012 FHFA report cited “estimates that principal forgiveness for all of these mortgages would require funding of almost $100 billion to pay down mortgages to the value of the homes securing them.”

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, IN ITS CAPACITY AS. guaranteed Fannie and Freddie access to hundreds of billions of dollars.. it authorizes the Agency's Director to “appoint the Agency as. In 2008, the collapse of the housing market cost Fannie and. Freddie. $100 billion per enterprise.

What Treasury and FHFA wanted for Fannie and Freddie also was what. could earn $100 to $125 billion from sales of stock acquired upon. contending, as one of the principal authors of HERA when he was a.. “Increased competition would reduce the residential mortgage market's reliance on Fannie.

FHFA Says Principal Reductions Would Cost Taxpayers $100 Billion. By Anthony Randazzo January 23, 2012

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have already cost US taxpayers over $200 billion. If Obama gets his way on mortgage writedowns, the GSEs estimate it would take another $100 billion. Since such estimates are always overly-optimistic by a factor of 3 to 10, I estimate the cost to taxpayers would be $300 billion minimum.

A massive principal reduction program applied to underwater loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would cost the mortgage giants more than $100 billion, says to an analysis released Monday by the

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The FHFA was put in place in 2008 to manage Fannie and Freddie. principal reduction take-up that may not be fully accounted for in the prediction models. Leaving aside this fact, Fannie Mae has.

 · With four million homes lost to foreclosure since the housing crisis began, and another 11 million borrowers underwater on their mortgages today, housing policy is focused on keeping current homeowners from losing their homes. This year, Washington housing wonks have fought over "principal reduction

 · Government Takes Control of Fannie, Freddie. In addition, the U.S. Treasury will immediately take a $1 billion equity stake in each company in the form of senior preferred stock and if needed could inject up to $100 billion into each firm.

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