Karl Denninger of the Market Ticker had a bit today on Fannie Mae giving everyone the green weenie. It’s worse that what he stated. Fannie Mae has a delaying tactic. They have a deed for lease program where you can rent back your property from them at the current market rental rate. Here is a Link. So, instead of a walk away home that gets stripped, you have a home that is being lived in by the previous owner. The lease is for one year and that could extend for many more if you read the tea leaves.
This program delays real estate from hitting the market in the form of a foreclosure. The inventory is eased into the market gradually instead of all at once. This is the hidden inventory that everyone talks about. The other thing is their great financing program for new buyers, here is a link.
If you read their boilerplate carefully, you don't need to pay for an appraisal, which costs dollars. My question, would the property appraise for what they are trying to sell it to you for? Probably not, it is called rip off the poor and uninformed, sell them that dream of home ownership. A dollar down moves you in. If you look this gift horse in the mouth, you would walk away.
Fannie will give you 3 1/2 percent of the home’s value for closing costs or whatever. You need to have 3% down, but you could get a check cut for 10% of the home’s value for repairs. Oh goodie free money.
Here is an article I wrote showing my frustration with what they were doing two years ago link . The couple that bought this home both worked at a movie theater making $8 per hour. They got $10,000 for repairs and spent it on a bike and a pick up. It ended up going back to the bank (Fannie Mae). It only cost them a dollar to move in.
The thing to take pause at here are the Realtors. Commissions are 6% so we know whose raking in the real money.
I use to sell VA repos, and that was on an auction basis. High bid won. Now we have a candy ass program; Fannie Mae will finance your dream, if you agree to pay their price. The people at Fannie Mae need some jail time.