Reducing Mortgage Principle For A Million Borrowers

Let’s bail people out from their bad decisions!

You’ve heard of predatory loans? Yeah, all those millions who took out mortgages they could not afford, they were forced to do it at the point of a gun. If not, those loans are not predatory.

The Obama administration is itching to require the biggest mortgage lenders to write down principle on tens of thousands of underwater mortgages to try to reduce foreclosures.

What unilaterally revoking of contracts will do to lenders’ future willingness to lend is no concern of the left.

Reuters reports: American Home Mortgage Servicing, one of the largest subprime mortgage servicers, is urging the U.S. Treasury to organize a plan to boost principal reductions for up to 1 million homeowners by unlocking loans from securities.

The servicer is asking for amendments to contracts that govern treatment of delinquent loans in mortgage securities. Currently, most contracts don’t allow sales of loans prior to foreclosure, and in many cases don’t permit a servicer to lower principal when a loan is modified.

American Home’s plan formalizes an idea it first floated within the industry more than two years ago. It hopes to draw more attention now as the government’s efforts to ease payments with loan modifications have had limited impact, foreclosures are still high and home prices have resumed falling.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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