Ed DeMarco, Top Housing Official, Defies Treasury, Shoots Down Principal Reduction | Roland Martin Reports

Ed DeMarco, Top Housing Official, Defies Treasury, Shoots Down Principal Reduction

Source: AP / The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON – A federal regulator is standing by its decision to bar Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from reducing principal for borrowers at risk of foreclosure, resisting pressure from the Obama administration.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the decision Tuesday after months of considering the option.

The agency’s acting director, Edward DeMarco, has long opposed allowing Fannie and Freddie to offer principal reduction.

DeMarco said an extensive analysis by the FHFA found the potential benefit was too small compared with the costs and risks. The risks include as many as 19,000 borrowers strategically defaulting on their loans, according to the analysis.

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