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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Two Stories: More Homeowner Assistance for Unemployed, Q2 GDP likely to be Revised Down

by Calculated Risk on 8/11/2010 01:00:00 PM

A couple of stories ...

From HUD: Obama Administration Announces Additional Support for Targeted Foreclosure-Prevention Programs to Help Homeowners Struggling with Unemployment

Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund Will Provide $2 Billion of Additional Assistance in 17 states and the District of Columbia; HUD to Launch a New $1 Billion Program to Help Unemployed Borrowers in Other Areas
The program will work through a variety of state and non-profit entities and will offer a declining balance, deferred payment “bridge loan” (zero percent interest, non-recourse, subordinate loan) for up to $50,000 to assist eligible borrowers with payments on their mortgage principal, interest, mortgage insurance, taxes and hazard insurance for up to 24 months.
This is an extension of a program announced in February to help the unemployed.

And from Catherine Rampell at the NY Times Economix: 2nd Quarter G.D.P. May Be Revised Even Lower
The government’s preliminary estimate for economic growth in the second quarter is likely to be revised substantially lower.
"Combining the bigger-than-expected trade deficit with other weak data suggests that Q2 growth was only 1.2 percent rather than the 2.4 percent originally estimated, placing the economy on even shakier ground than it seemed,” wrote Nigel Gault, chief United States economist at IHS Global Insight