Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Obama administration expects new push for REO rentals

It's more mission drift.  Now Fannie and Freddie are going to become landlords.  Their original mission was to provide secondary market so lenders could sell their loans and free up capital to originate more loans.
The Obama administration will begin working on new strategies for how to better sell previously foreclosed homes held by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration, which may include renting more REO.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development put out a request for information, seeking new ideas from market participants for selling REO. Currently, the government owns roughly half of the REO inventory in the U.S.
The agencies called on private property managers to submit ideas on how to reduce the REO portfolios at the GSEs and the FHA in a cost-effective manner. They also seek new ideas on property repair, sales strategies in specific hard-hit areas and new analysis of when to sell or even rent these properties.
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