More mortgage modification news.
Will the schemes and manipulations never end?
Why not let the free market sort it out?
If you’ve demonstrated a track record of paying your mortgage consistently, not late, on time, for the past 24 months, we’re going to re-fi you without documentation, without looking at an appraisal, we’re just going to lower your mortgage rate,” said Doug Dachille, CEO of First Principles Capital Management.
Dachille, formerly president of Zurich Capital Markets and global head of proprietary trading for JP Morgan [JPM 37.73 0.23 (+0.61%) ], acknowledged that if banks became more flexible in their lending practices toward homeowners, it would would upset investors of mortgage-backed securities. But he added that those investors have reaped the financial rewards of the Federal Reserve’s policy of mortgage-backed securities to help keep interest rates low.
“Mortgage-backed securities investors have gotten a benefit from something that was unprecedented too,” he added. “And that was that the Fed was buying $1.25 trillion (of mortgage securities) at a time when people couldn’t re-fi, driving up the price to historical levels.”