Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Obama Plans to Help Homeowners with Bad Credit and Personal Loans

Bad credit plus personal loans equals crisis

Obama hopes to help homeowners avoid this fate.

Obama hopes to help homeowners avoid this fate.

A mixture of bad credit and personal loans has caused millions of Americans to face foreclosure on their homes. Now President Barack Obama has revealed his plan to help up to 9 million Americans keep their homes.

Obama will use money from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Fund that the Bush administration approved last fall. He will dedicate $75 million to keeping Americans with mortgages from having to turn into their keys.

Keeping families off the streets

Many homeowners are facing the reality of having bad credit because their personal loans have gotten too expensive for them to handle. Many also now own property that is worth less than the amount they owe on their mortgage.

Obama’s new foreclosure prevention plan will help about 4 million Americans who are facing foreclosure. His plan is to offer incentives to banks so they will refinance loans to get monthly payments down to manageable levels.

Property values

The plan will also help 4 million to 5 million people who are paying mortgages that are now worth more than their property, if their loans are through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Because of the steep depreciation in housing values, nearly 14 million people are currently paying mortgages that are worth more than their property.

Because the government now owns large stakes in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Obama says mortgages through those companies will be easier to refinance. People who aren’t behind on their payments but are paying mortgages on low-value property can refinance their total mortgages. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Obama Plans to Help Homeowners with Bad Credit and Personal Loans"

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