Why Treasury Needs a Plan B for Mortgages

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Why Treasury Needs a Plan B for Mortgages; [Money and Business/Financial Desk] Gretchen Morgenson . New York Times . (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: Dec 6, 2009 . pg. BU.1 AFTER months of playing pretend, the Treasury Department conceded last week that the Home Affordable Modification Program, its plan to aid troubled homeowners by changing the terms of their mortgages, was a dud. The 10-month-old program is going nowhere, the Treasury said, because big institutions charged with implementing it are dragging their feet. "The banks are not doing a good enough job," said Michael S. Barr, assistant Treasury secretary for financial institutions, in an article published last Sunday in The New York Times. After the government spent hundreds of billions of dollars bailing out banks, the Obama administration rolled out the $75 billion loan modification plan to show its support for beleaguered homeowners. But if the proof of the pudding is in the eating, homeowners are going hungry. A stalled loan modification plan might not be worrisome if the foreclosure crisis were abating. Yet at the end of September, a record 14.4 percent of borrowers were either in foreclosure or delinquent on their mortgages, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. It's time for the government to acknowledge the flaws in its program and create one that might actually succeed. Only then will the supply of homes for sale, and the pressure on prices associated with that overhang, be reduced. The Treasury program has decided to tackle the delinquent mortgage problem by reducing the interest rate on eligible borrowers' loans to a level that makes monthly payments affordable. But
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