Mortgage Giants to Reduce Loan Balances


About 50,000 struggling home owners could be eligible to have their mortgage balances reduced under a new plan to be unveiled by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, The Wall Street Journal reports. The plan was approved by the Federal Housing Finance Agency and is expected to be formally announced “within the next few weeks.”

The plan is expected to target home owners who are delinquent on their mortgage payments and who owe more on their home than it is currently worth. Fannie and Freddie also will reportedly forgive the principal only in circumstances where they determine that they would lose less money by doing so than taking other foreclosure-prevention methods.

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