What are their names? If you’ve followed the housing crisis as closely as we have, then you probably know.
Our old and unwanted cousins Fannie and Freddie.
Their omission from the settlement was perhaps its biggest flaw.
We’ve been advocating principal reduction as one of the best ways to help beleaguered borrowers, and we’re not alone in that assessment. That’s why it was at the center of the settlement.
Yet Edward DeMarco, the man behind both companies, still clings to the outdated notion that principal reduction would lead to a moral contagion among homeowners otherwise known as a “moral hazard”.
He’s forbidden Fannie and Freddie to even entertain the idea.
While President Obama and others, such as Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley have turned up the heat on DeMarco, he hasn’t budged.
DeMarco is more concerned about his political ideology than helping the American homeowners, who are in essence, is his clients.
He’s like that annoying relative that no one invited, yet keeps showing up every Thanksgiving. But DeMarco is far from the only problem.