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Americans must realize that everything the Obama administration and fellow Democrats does is about moving us that much closer to socialism.  They are intentionally guiding Americans into situations and/or programs that will make them more dependent upon government. 

GOVERNMENT CONTROL over the citizenry is the ultimate endgame for Democrats; therefore, it makes sense that these programs will achieve nothing the government said it would.  Stop drinking the kool-aid because this is not about saving your homes. 

Think about it.  Step outside of the box.  If Americans do not move to make it happen, then it will not because the government is setting people up to fail.  The endgame has been in the works for some time and for many Americans is now coming to fruition.

Obama offers the banks $75 billion of our taxpayer money for banks to re-work troubled mortgages, i.e., banks receive $4,500 for every loan they modify.  However, said modifications are re-worked upward and in a fashion that increases the monthly mortgage payments of homeowners, thereby prolonging the pain.  Somebody is being set up here. 

Homeowners many of whom should not have purchased a home in the first place will be blamed for failing.  In turn, the government and banks walk away free and clear.

STARTRIBUNE.COM

“Nine months ago, the Obama administration offered banks $75 billion in taxpayer money to rework troubled mortgages.

Yet so far, $75 billion hasn’t been enough to compel many lenders to permanently reduce monthly mortgage payments for millions of cash-strapped homeowners. Indeed, tens of thousand of borrowers who have asked for relief have instead seen their payments and loan balances increase under the Obama plan. A surprisingly high percentage are sliding back into default.

The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that 650,994 homeowners nationwide, including 12,933 in Minnesota, have received temporary, three- to five-month trial modifications under the administration’s foreclosure-prevention plan. That represents one in five eligible homeowners at least 60 days behind on their mortgage payments, according to the Treasury.

‘We’re reaching borrowers at a larger scale than any other modification program to date,’ Assistant Treasury Secretary Michael Barr declared Tuesday.

The $75 billlion approved for the plan, known as the Home Affordability Modification Program, or HAMP, was never meant to go to borrowers directly. Instead, the money would be used to encourage lenders to modify mortgages rather than foreclose on properties. Banks would receive up to $4,000 for every loan they modified. For banks, a loan modification may be less costly than a foreclosure, particularly if a house is worth much less than the value of the mortgage.

But despite the financial carrot, the percentage of homeowners who have seen their trial modifications become permanent loan restructurings, with payments reduced for more than just a few months, remains abysmally low. A mere 1,711 borrowers nationwide had successfully completed their trial period and received permanent loan modifications as of Sept. 1, according to a report by the Congressional Oversight Panel.

And many more who have been approved for relief under the plan have actually seen their loan payments and balances increase — as lenders simply roll back payments, fees and taxes into the remaining life of the loans. ‘It’s relief of a kind, but a lot of these modifications don’t get to the root cause of why the person defaulted in the first place — the mortgage payment was too high,’ said Mary Bujold, president of Maxfield Research Inc., a Minneapolis-based market research firm.

It’s too early to determine if these patterns will continue, but many experts say the HAMP plan overpromised and under delivered by giving lenders too much leeway in how they could modify loans. Others argue that banks have an incentive to keep borrowers in temporary loan modifications in order to delay having to foreclose on the house and take a loss.

I think the Obama administration probably underestimated how difficult it is to solve the mortgage problem,’ said Rick Sharga, senior vice president of RealtyTrac, a firm that tracks foreclosure.

Mortgage modifications come in many forms. In some cases, lenders can lower interest rates, extend the loan term, or reduce the amount of the loan by forgoing part of the principal. Of loans modified during the second quarter, 22 percent were either left unchanged or saw their payments increased, according to a recent report by banking regulators.

Yet, government data show that success rates on loan modifications are highest when payments are reduced. Indeed, only 34.1 percent of modifications that decreased monthly payments by 20 percent or more were seriously delinquent, compared with 63.4 percent of modifications that left payments unchanged, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a federal bank regulator.

‘A lot of these modifications set people up to fail, rather than to succeed,’ said Thomas Bloomquist, a supervisor of financial counseling at Lutheran Social Service in Minnesota.

Even so, the HAMP program, which got off to a weak start this spring, is gaining momentum, and many housing counselors and lending experts say it’s had a meaningful impact on the national foreclosure rate. Celia Chen, a housing economist at Moody’s Economy.com, expects at least another 3 million loan modifications next year.

Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest home lender, has begun 93,652 trial modifications, or 29 percent of its eligible mortgages, under the HAMP program so far this year, according to U.S. Treasury data released Tuesday. After initially being criticized for its slow pace of modifications, the San Francisco-based bank now has among the highest modification rates among large banks in the nation. U.S. Bancorp has modified 15 percent of eligible mortgages, even though the Minneapolis-based bank did not enter the program until September.

‘Many of these people who are in trial modifications will be able to convert to full modifications, and that will mean fewer foreclosures,’ Chen said. ‘It’s still a benefit…”

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