Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac expand eligibility on home loan refinancing options

July 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Real Estate News 

Honestly I see what is trying to be accomplished with this expansion of the acceptable loan-to-value amount to 125% of the home’s value.  The goal of the program is to allow more people to refinance their home loan to a lower interest rate that will hopefully make it less likely the homeowner will default on the mortgage.

Instead, it is more likely going to set a “floor” in more home prices.  This is actually preventing the market from reflecting the actual value of all these homes that are being refinanced through this government sponsored loan program.  Yes, foreclosures are hard on the people being affected, there is no doubt in this.  But on the other side you have to think about the people who are striving to own their own home.  This in effect is artificially keeping prices higher than they would normally be without this intervention.  That is counter-productive in the way it punishes people who did not get an regular mortgage over these more exotic loans that had a huge rate hike baked in the formula.  Personally I would like to see less intervention and more market forces determining the outcomes of all these private contracts and agreements.

News (Reuters):

Mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will expand efforts to prevent foreclosures by allowing refinancings by borrowers whose outstanding loans exceed the value of their homes by up to 25 percent, the Obama administration said on Wednesday.

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Home Loan Bank REOs

July 19, 2008 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Regional REO Banks 

Home Loan Bank is a Regional Federal Savings bank that makes loans in the Eastern part of the U.S. They have a very simple REO search with a map. Not very many properties. The REO real estate listings they do have actually have nice listing pages with some nice high quality pictures of the homes. They seem to specialize in pretty nice homes being that every one I have looked at are in pretty posh areas and look great.

Bank Info:

Home Loan was founded in 1959 by John Murphy, we’re a federally regulated, FDIC-insured savings bank that has helped over 75,000 homeowners.

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