The investors are looking for volume discounts.
"Many investors are out there raising billions of dollars to buy these properties," says Jaret Seiberg of MF Global. "It's a great idea, and it's one of the few things that we've heard in several years now that could really help housing in a meaningful way."
Seiberg likens it to the Resolution Trust Corporation, which liquidated assets (primarily real estate assets) during the Savings and Loan crisis in the 1980's.
"The idea is not just to reduce supply but to reduce the fear that there's going to be this massive flood of foreclosed homes into many markets, and it's that fear of this foreclosure inventory that's really keeping prices down," adds Seiberg.
Investors would need some incentives, however, like perhaps a tax break or low-interest-rate loans. Currently Fannie Mae caps the number of loans it makes to investors in single family properties at 10. Any program would of course have to go through Fannie and Freddie's regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which is still, shall we say, mulling.