Senate High Hopes for the Stimulus Bill, Firm in Ending the Foreclosure Crisis Together With Obama

By: Joseph Smith


Good news for everyone! As the economic incentive packages is now moving up to the Senate, key senators coming from both parties have promised that they are determined to push for measures aimed at stimulating sales and help homeowners on the verge of foreclosure. The floor debate begins on Monday. Below are three ideas that will most likely turn up in amendments:

First, Senate Republicans will most likely present a provision which could persuade lenders to present a 30-year fixed mortgage rate at 4 percent for a limited time period. The loans shall only be accessible to credit-worthy homeowners and home buyers looking to refinance. A loan for a certain number of years will be guaranteed by the government.

According to Lamar Alexander, the Senate Republican Conference Chairman, the measure could include not just a guarantee from the government, but a subsidy too. It has not been determined yet how much the cost of the provision will be, but Senate Republicans would find a way to put a structure to the proposal that is fiscally responsible.

Second, Kent Conrad as the Budget Committee Chairman will recommend expanding the provisional $7,500 first-time home purchaser credit in order to become applicable to all acquisitions of primary residences. Several Republican senators want the increase in credit to be $15,000.

At present, the Senate recovery package removes the condition under existing law that buyers in time must repay the credit, presuming that they do not advertise their home for the next three years as soon as receiving the credit. The credit does not apply to individuals earning more than $75,000 or $150,000 for dual filers.

Lastly, Chairman Christopher Dodd of the Senate Banking Committee wants a stipulation enforcing a 90-day suspension on foreclosures to be included into the stimulus package. Holding off foreclosures for three straight months may permit some distressed borrowers to hang on to their homes through giving them some time to discuss through their mortgage servicer a different loan agreement.

Housing proposals of Obama are good to go

Advocacy for additional housing measures in the Senate as the incentive bill draws closer continues, as it is expected that President Barack Obama will release a complete plan to repair the crippled financial system in a span of two weeks, including the foreclosure crisis.

A loan adjustment program, which involves lenders to trim down housing payments for negligent borrowers to 31 percent of monthly gross income, is one of Obama’s plans included in the comprehensive plan.

That could be achieved by lenders through decreasing mortgage rates to 3 percent for the next five years, prior to rising to a 1 percentage point yearly rate until they reach the existing market rate. Loan terms can be continued until 40 years.

In return, the government would split up to 50 percent of the losses in case a borrower who obtains a modified loan would eventually fail to pay anyway. It would not only help several loan modification costs of servicers, but provide relief for homeowners on the verge of foreclosure as well.

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Joseph Smith has been educating buyers on the finer points of foreclosed homes purchase at ForeclosureDeals.com for over ten years. Click here to visit and read more advice on finding foreclosures by state.

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