Fannie/Freddie-Ban on Foreclosures!!

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Announce Ban on Foreclosures Until Jan. 2009

Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac revealed Thursday afternoon they will work to keep Americans in their homes, announcing a suspension on foreclosures starting Nov. 26, 2008 until Jan. 9, 2009.

The two companies said no evictions will take place during that time period.

Furthermore, they instructed loan servicers and attorneys working for them to suspend foreclosure sales of single-family homes.

The release on Fannie Mae’s website said, “The temporary suspension of foreclosures is designed to allow affected borrowers facing foreclosure to retain their homes.”

The release from Freddie Mac had a similar reasoning: “The temporary suspension is also expected to give servicers more time to help borrowers avoid foreclosure.”

By Megan Ainscow and edited by Sarah Sussman

* This seems like a very short period of time for them to actually be effective. Seems like a bit of holiday relief -I guess they do have a conscience..however those facing foreclosure- we NEED to do all we can in this time to stop it, readjust mortgage plan, or fight for a short sale approval.

www.GetDownPayment.com – Save Down payment assistance!

Housing Bill Shuts Down Non-Profit Downpayment Assistance Programs on October 1, 2008.
Take Action Today to Save Downpayment Assistance!

 
 

Nehemiah Corporation of America, a national non-profit organization, has helped over 300,000 families who would have otherwise been locked out of homeownership due to lack of downpayment funds.

Both the House and Senate passed H.R. 3221, Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, a comprehensive piece of legislation that addresses a variety of housing related issues. The bill contains a provision (SEC. 2113) that forbids FHA from insuring mortgages in which the borrower’s downpayment comes from a private downpayment assistance provider, beginning October 1, 2008. As of this date, the minimum downpayment will be increased from 3% to 3.5%.

The bill is headed for the President’s desk where his prompt signature is expected. With the stroke of the President’s pen, downpayment assistance will be shut down in the United States on October 1, 2008.

The consequences will be devastating! By FHA’s own estimates, DPA comprises nearly 40% of FHA’s volume. This means more than 300,000 working class families will be locked out of homeownership in the next year alone. Communities across America will take the brunt of the $50 billion in lost real estate sales, not to mention the indirect impact on the real estate, mortgage and building sectors that will be forced to shed tens of thousands of jobs due to this dangerous legislation.

Act Now!
Contact your elected officials and urge them to introduce and pass a bill that allows downpayment assistance to endure. Failure to act now will ensure the death of all private downpayment assistance programs. www.getdownpayment.com