Monthly Archives: February 2012

White House proposes aid for underwater homeowners

Kathleen Pender
Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Obama administration on Wednesday detailed its new proposal to let some homeowners with mortgages not owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac refinance into a new loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration, even if they are underwater and have low credit scores.

The proposal, if approved by Congress, would slap a government guarantee on a lot of risky mortgages that are not government-guaranteed today. The White House says it would impose a “small” fee on large financial institutions to cover the cost of the program, which it estimates at $5 billon to $10 billion. Continue reading