Federal Mortgage Mods: Fannie and Freddie Bail Out More Borrowers

Are you one of the millions who didn't make the cut for the federal loan modification program, because you weren't in bad enough trouble? If your loan is held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be in luck.

Worried that home prices will continue to decline, Fannie and Freddie are offering a hand to borrowers looking to shrink their mortgage payments. American Banker reports that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have begun offering loan modifications to borrowers who tried but couldn't qualify for the Home Affordable Modification Program because their housing costs are less than 31 percent of their income.

Why would the Feds do that?