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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

GSEs Refuse To Save The Day

by Tanta on 6/24/2008 12:37:00 PM

The rhetoric of this Bloomberg report has to be read to be believed. Apparently, Fannie and Freddie have power make benefit glorious Nation of Jumbo, and they're blowing it all on people with downpayments in non-bubble markets instead of single-handedly throwing themselves on the grenade to Save the Housing Economy. Really:

June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Three months after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won the freedom to step up home-loan purchases, the government-chartered mortgage-finance companies are doing what critics in the Federal Reserve and Congress had predicted. . . .

``They were granted expanded opportunity to help recovery in a troubled housing market and yet have appeared to focus on their own recovery,'' said former U.S. Representative Richard Baker, a critic of the companies who left office earlier this year to run the Managed Funds Association in Washington. . . .

The slowness of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in injecting cash for new jumbo loans may have exacerbated the housing slump in markets including California and Florida, where prices have already fallen more than the national average, said Jerry Howard, 53, president of the National Association of Home Builders.

``Had they been quicker into the marketplace, they could have helped slow the downward spiral in housing prices,'' Howard said. . . .

``Fannie and Freddie are catering to low-risk homeowners with high credit scores and a lot of equity in their homes,'' said Dan Green, a loan broker at Mobium Mortgage Group Inc. in Cincinnati and Chicago. ``I'm sure there will be some high-cost areas in the country that will benefit. They just don't happen to be Florida, Michigan, California, Nevada.''