Pressure on Fannie and Freddie to do Mortgage Write-Downs

Pressure on Fannie and Freddie to Do Write-Downs on Mortgages

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – The Obama administration wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which finance the bulk of U.S. mortgages, to start reducing loan balances for troubled borrowers, but with safeguards to prevent them from purposely defaulting to obtain relief.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan laid out the case for a program with such checks and balances to convince the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates the companies, to provide more mortgage aid.

“This isn’t about force; this is about making the right decision for homeowners and for the taxpayers,” Donovan said in an interview taped for C-SPAN’s public affairs television that was set to air on Sunday.

Read more: US Housing Secretary Pushes Mortgage Write-Downs For Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac.

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