With unemployment figures on the rise, the number of foreclosures is expected to keep rising over the coming months and the federal government is trying to do something about it. President Obama created legislation in February that was expected to help those facing foreclosure, yet the programs set in place are reported to have been enforced sluggishly by many of the lending institutions. The pressure is starting this week.
The Federal Government is saying “Help these people out!” to the 71 financing companies that are participating in the program. Teams of three people are being sent to monitor the eight largest companies, and these teams will be requested to submit reports twice a day on their progress.
Another part of the problem has been incomplete paperwork on behalf of the borrowers. Those that qualify for assistance need to complete their paperwork to move forward on getting assistance. Under the mortgage assistance plan borrowers who qualify can get 2% rates for up to five years, quite a healthy boost for homeowners facing foreclosure. Borrowers will be communicated with to help them complete their part.
We’ve seen a decrease in the number of foreclosures coming to the marketplace here in Sevier County and Gatlinburg which is creating a stabilization of pricing. If this trend continues, we have not reason to doubt it will, with foreclosures trickling on the market and not flooding it, prices may start to increase as early as Spring 2010.
For more information on the government’s plan to enforce help for those facing foreclosure, click here.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.