Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Treasury Considering Plan to Lower Mortgage Rates to 4.5%

Last week, on news that the Fed Gov would buy up $500 Billion of MBS (mortgage-backed securities), 30 year fixed rates dropped to 5.5%. We sent a Q&A over to The Mortgage Buzz blog, and it will be posted tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in the past week, there's been reports that foreclosures will continue to rise. Apparently in response to this, and in an effort to stabilize the housing market, there's more significant news about mortgage rates:

From the WSJ:

The Treasury Department is considering a plan to revitalize the U.S. housing market by reducing mortgage rates for new loans, according to people familiar with the matter.

The plan, which is in the development stages, would use mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to bring loan rates down as low as 4.5%, a full percentage point lower than the prevailing rates for 30-year fixed mortgages.

Government officials are under pressure to stem foreclosures, which underpin much of the current financial crisis. Treasury has struggled for months to come up with a plan that would ease the market without appearing to bail out homeowners and lenders.

Under the plan, Treasury would buy securities underpinning loans guaranteed by the two mortgage giants, which are temporarily under the control of the government, as well as those guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration. Fannie and Freddie guarantee a large proportion of all new home loans made in the U.S.

See the original here.

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