The heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recently indicated they are not high on the idea of principal write downs at all. This should come as no surprise to anyone. The problem with principal write-downs is that they are a Pandora’s Box for banks and investors. If lenders started forgiving principal for borrowers they would open a massive flood that could bury them. There are millions of underwater homeowners in the US. The majority of those homeowners are not willing to consider walking away from their homes. A foreclosure or short sale severely damages credit scores and that is something most borrowers would like to avoid. The banks benefit greatly from this fact. If banks and investors started offering principal write-downs they would certainly be overrun with requests and would have to deal with billions of losses that they currently are avoiding.
So while politicians like to make noise about principal reductions, banks and investors like Fannie and Freddie will continue to show zero interest in the concept in most cases.
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