Federal Housing Agency Says No to Principal Forgiveness

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While the Obama administration may be pondering the idea of helping underwater homeowners through principal write-downs, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Edward DeMarco said there is no current consideration for principal write-downs on underwater home loans.

DeMarco told C-SPAN in an interview that the FHFA has already assisted borrowers through principal forbearance programs and loan modification tools that have helped borrowers reduce their monthly payments. He said the other balance the FHFA has to strike is making sure home aid efforts do not afflict taxpayers with additional losses since public funds hold up the quasi-federal housing agencies. He placed write-downs on principal in this camp and suggested the FHFA is not going in that direction.

"Principal forgiveness does not accomplish our conservator mandate," DeMarco said on CSPAN while speaking to reporters from Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. He added,"the borrower still has a responsibility and an obligation for the repayment of the loan."

Read the full story at HousingWire.

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