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Help solve the housing crisis

By Judy Martel ·
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Posted: 3 pm ET

Have a few ideas about how to solve the housing crisis you're just dying to share with the people in charge? Step right up: The Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, is seeking input on creative solutions to get foreclosed homes off the market and has joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to issue a request for information.

The glut of foreclosed single-family homes owned by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration account for up to a third of the homes sold each month and is dragging down home prices, raising the concern that more homeowners in distressed markets will be forced to foreclose. For this reason, the FHFA is seeking input on how to reduce the number of foreclosed properties and stabilize the market.

 The FHFA has published the following objectives:

  • Reduce the number of homes owned by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA in a cost-effective manner.
  • Reduce average loan loss severities to Fannie, Freddie and FHA relative to individual distressed property sales.
  • Address property repair and rehabilitation needs.
  • Respond to economic and real estate conditions in specific geographies.
  • Assist in neighborhood and home price stabilization efforts.
  • Suggest analytic approaches to determine the appropriate disposition strategy for individual properties, whether sale, rental, or, in certain instances, demolition.

Selling the homes to investors who will rent them is one solution that has been floated, but other solutions are also encouraged, such as ways to turn renters into owners and how to make the rental market more affordable. Responses are due by Sept. 15.

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August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Force Mortgage Companies out of busines and continue to offer the lending options via banks/and or credit unions. Currently a trend that is disrupting the potential sales of many foreclosures and or short sales is the association between realtors and mortgage lenders whereas they are cutting their own deals. Many times brainwashing potential buyers to switch from their already pre-approving bank to their preferred mortgage company's agent. As everybody should know by now, this a nasty tactic that is done in the sole interest of the realtor and mortgage company. Realtors are becoming greedy, agressive and leaving out the human factor during their business dealings.

August 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Let the ones who own homes refinance to the lower rates. The lower rate loans would free up spending money and allow us to put it back into the economy. As it stands now, I can not refi my house because the loan to value is to high. The banks won't do a refi because I am current on my loan. Sad. Why did I work so hard to maintain an excellent credit rating?

August 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

The government should have taken their millions and paid off mortgages, and then had the home owner pay the government a smaller payment for more years. A win/win situation. The banks would have been paid off, the homeowners would have kept their homes, the government would be making money, and people would still have their jobs!!!!