NAFCU concerned with FHFA principal reduction plan
WASHINGTON, DC (April 14, 2016) — National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger released the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) announced today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer a one-time principal reduction to an estimated 33,000 seriously delinquent, underwater borrowers:
“We fail to see how principal reduction will do anything to strengthen the housing market. NAFCU has always supported protecting consumers, but we believe principal reduction sets a dangerous precedent. Credit unions have a strong history to doing everything they can to keep members in their homes.”
According to FHFA, about 33,000 borrowers will be eligible for a principal reduction modification under the program. Servicers must solicit eligible borrowers no later than Oct. 15, 2016.
FHFA says the modification will be available to owner-occupant borrowers who are 90 days or more delinquent as of March 1, 2016; whose mortgages have an outstanding unpaid principal balance of $250,000 or less; and whose mark-to-market loan-to-value ratios exceed 115 percent. Other eligibility criteria apply.
The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions is the only national trade association focusing exclusively on federal issues affecting the nation’s federally-insured credit unions. NAFCU membership is direct and provides credit unions with the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. For more information on NAFCU, go to www.nafcu.org or @NAFCU on Twitter.