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Eliminating GSEs could Still Leave Taxpayers Exposed to Risk

March 6th, 2013 Comments off

According to Anthony Randazzo, director of economic research at Reason Foundation, the federal government’s continued belief that everyone should own a home is what created the housing bubble in the first place, and it could happen again. Writing in the Orange County Register, he says with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being propped up to the tune of $187 billion, and continuing to offer subsidized insurance to mortgage investors with no upper limit on the size of the loans they may purchase could lead to another meltdown. The Bipartisan Policy Center, which includes two former HUD secretaries and Sen. George Mitchell, proposes phasing out the GSEs within five to ten years and replacing them with a new entity that would not buy mortgages but would offer catastrophic insurance against another meltdown. As MHProNews has learned, that would continue to leave the government on the hook for another bailout, protecting the banks and investors once again.

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Housing Crisis Tab: Nearly a Year’s GDP

September 11th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire reports Ann Fulmer, with fraud analytics firm Interthinx, said the nation’s housing meltdown, with all the mortgage-backed securities litigation, bailouts, lost home equity, and lawsuits cost $13 trillion, almost as much as the $15 trillion gross domestic product (GDP) for 2011. Speaking at a Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) gathering, she noted, “We did not pay attention to data integrity on the way up, and so we have wiped out almost an entire year of gross domestic product in the United States.” She said in the future, loan originators or borrowers may try to fudge on loan applications, supporting documents, or manipulate numbers for the down payment amount. “If that becomes the standard then that becomes the problem area.” As MHProNews has learned, she added, “If you don’t get it right up front then you have a defective loan.”

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