Showing posts with label government. Show all posts
Showing posts with label government. Show all posts

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Need More Government Aid

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Need More Government Aid

According to this Bloomberg article, Fannie, Freddie Overseer May Seek More Treasury Aid (Update2), the annual dividend payments owed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Government Sponsored Entities, or GSE's) to the US treasury exceed the total earned by both GSE's, and as a result, the GSE's are actually needing to borrow more bailout money from the US Treasury in order to pay the annual dividend payments they owe the US Treasury. Unfortunately, this sounds all to familiar. You cannot become a profitable company by borrowing more to pay your current debts. It is a recipe for more financial disaster. No doubt that this is all due to the incredibly high number of bad loans and foreclosures. The article states "Treasury and Federal Housing Finance Agency officials are also debating whether to lower the mortgage-finance companies’ dividend payments on their Treasury borrowings, according to these people, who requested not to be identified describing the internal deliberations. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest sources of mortgage money in the U.S., have used $111.6 billion of their $400 billion in backup financing in less than a year. The companies say their 10 percent annual dividend payment, which comes to about $5 billion each, costs more than either have earned in most years and adds to their draws on Treasury." According to the article, the US treasury is considering reducing the GSE's annual dividend payments in order to prevent the need for another government bailout. This all seems like a lot of wasted time, energy and money to keep 2 insolvent GSE's from failing.

If you are a Middle TN homeowner, property owner, condo owner, real estate investor, home builder or real estate developer who cannot pay your mortgage payments (due to losing your job, having your income reduced, illness, health problems, adverse business conditions, slow sales, loss of investment property tenants, vacancy issues, lack of funds to complete the project, feuding business partners, etc.), know that you will not be able to pay your mortgage, have defaulted on your mortgage, are already in foreclosure, or owe more than your home is worth, please contact me to discuss your options including a loan modification and a short sale (a real estate short sale occurs when the sale proceeds are not sufficient to pay off all the mortgages and liens on the property/home). I am a Middle Tennessee distressed real estate, short sale, pre-foreclosure (preforeclosure) and foreclosure REALTOR and Expert. I primarily help sellers (homeowners, property owners, condo owners, owners of high end homes and properties (estate homes, luxury homes and executive homes), real estate investors, home builders and real estate developers) of distressed real estate, short sales, pre-foreclosures, foreclosures, investment properties, failed new construction projects and struggling commercial real estate developments located in Middle Tennessee (Rutherford County TN, Williamson County TN, Davidson County TN, Robertson County TN, Maury County TN, Murfreesboro TN, Smyrna TN, La Vergne TN, Eagleville TN, Lascassas TN, Rockvale TN, Christiana TN, Brentwood TN, Franklin TN, Nashville TN, Belle Meade TN, Nolensville TN, Spring Hill TN, Gallatin TN, Springfield TN and Mt. Juliet TN).  If you do need to short sell your home or property, or you need a quick sale due to being in foreclosure, you can request short sale and foreclosure help and assistance on my website at Get Short Sale and Foreclosure Help and Assistance from a Middle Tennessee Short Sale and Foreclosure REALTOR and Real Estate Expert.

Friday, September 18, 2009

What the Government Should Do to Help the Housing Market: Stop Meddling in Housing and FIX THE ECONOMY

How should the government fix the housing market? The answer, stop meddling in the housing market. Instead, the government should focus on the economy. The fundamental question is why have jobs been leaving the US for the last 3 decades? Answer: taxes, government regulations (think environmental regulations that punish companies while doing nothing to help the economy such as CO2 emissions, etc., hiring quotas, employment laws, etc.) and labor unions. Fix those problems and employment and income rises. After several years maybe incomes will catch up enough and housing prices will fall enough that we actually reach a sustainable ratio of median home prices to median incomes (normally median home prices in an area are 3x incomes in that area) when overall employment is stable.

Right now we have increasing unemployment, increasing foreclosures and short sales, but artificial government meddling. This is causing confusion and chaos. For those who think we can ride this out with a 1 year extension of the tax credit, etc., please look at the stats. Foreclosures will remain at very high levels for 3-5 years and at high levels for several years beyond that. Unemployment, will start to go down in about 12-18 months, but it will not go back down to the 4.5%-5.5% levels of 2004-2005 because the economy (and the employment market) was so dependent on consumer spending and that spending will not come back since it was fueled and enabled by easily obtainable debt that is no longer available.

While this mess hurts me right now as a REALTOR and a homeowner who is trying to sell their home due a relocation, I know this is true. Declining housing prices are good for the economy. It will free up homeowners' capital that can be spent and/or invested in other areas instead of being sucked up by artificially high housing payments. It will enable people to actually eventually own their own homes and live with less debt and stress instead of living on the absolute edge. It is better to pay less for a home with higher interest rates then to pay more (and borrow more) at lower rates. This is all just a deleveraging of the US economy, which IS NECESSARY.

Mark my words, eventually the government subsidizing of the real estate market will end and the housing market will decline more. It is unavoidable.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Don't Believe the "Good News Bulls"

According to this New York Times article, U.S. Says Ailing Banks Need $75 Billion, US Banks need $75 Billion in additional capital in order to pass the government stress tests and this is good news!?  First, it is not good news.  It means that US banks need a lot of additional capital.  Second, it is not even accurate.  According to Gary Shilling we should not be trusting the rosy government reports as they are really meant as a PR piece then they are a measure of the banks' financial condition.  I agree.  The government stress tests are a joke.  Regardless of these phony stress tests most large US Banks are insolvent.