That’s all good, but I was thinking about this during the open houses I held this weekend.
On the one hand you have the Fannie and Freddie who’s lending guidelines still allow DTIs (Debt to Income ratios) up to 45% . That means 45% of a household’s gross income can go toward housing payments, and then you have President Obmam’s loan modification plan which says if your DTi is greater than 31% you might qualify for a loan modification. Obviously, you can see the quagmire. Fannie and Freddie (two government agencies) are continuing to be aggressive in their underwriting standards, to support the housing market, but as soon as the loan are originated they are considered unaffordable according to the Obama’s loan mod program and good be modified as a result. That’s nuts!!!
Let’s do the right thing.
FDIC Calls Upon Consumers to Save and Build Wealth
America Saves Week is February 21-28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is calling upon consumers across the nation during America Saves Week to consider establishing a basic savings account or boosting existing savings. FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said, "One fundamental lesson of the financial crisis is that savings can help families withstand sudden changes in their economic well being. Establishing a savings account in a federally insured institution is a great first step to build wealth and begin a savings habit that will last a lifetime."
The personal savings rate rose to 4.6 percent in 2009 from 2.7 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "I am pleased to see that people are saving more of their hard-earned money and building wealth. Having personal savings for an emergency fund or saving for a future expenditure, such as a college education, can make a big difference in avoiding other costly alternatives. I've always been a big advocate of a back-to-basics approach to financial services; it's my hope that Americans' increase in savings is the beginning of a long-term trend," Bair said.
"Money saved by consumers also provides a stable source of funding for investments in the economy that benefit all Americans," said Bair. "In fact, a country with robust savings generally has more capital to fund investments and support economic growth over the long-term. As demonstrated recently, it is harmful to an economy when consumers spend beyond their means, financed by debt that they cannot afford to repay."
To learn more about America Saves Week and about savings-related resources from the FDIC, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/savings.html.
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