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Figuring out a solution to the foreclosure crisis is turning out to be a divisive issue. Nobody wants to see people get kicked out of their home, but as my wife said reading the paper yesterday “Can I get a reduction in my mortgage too?”
Congress is presently debating Rep. Barney Frank’s proposal and others to offer federal funds to restructure home loans. The Bush Administration says its against such a widespread bailout. FreedomWorks, a Libertarian non-profit with former House majority leader Dick Armey at its head, is busy drumming up opposition to such a bailout. Their AngryRenter.com Web site says its generated 44,000 emails from folks protesting the bailout to the White House.
They’ve got a funny video as well, telling the story of one guy (Bob) who bought more house than he could afford and a woman (Sally) who saved her pennies in the hopes she could buy a home down the road. “Tax Sally to bail out Bob?” the video asks. It’s what the site calls “Mortgage Loan Welfare.”
BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.