Much of the banking drama from the last few weeks can be traced back to bad mortgage bets, making us wish that homeowners were never approved for loans they never could have afforded. Yesterday, a government drafted mortgage aid program launched into action that aims to contain the mortgage crisis from causing more trouble. The $300 billion, three-year initiative aims to allow about 400,000 homeowners to exchange their existing mortgages for more affordable ones, therefore staving off potential foreclosures.
Lenders must first decide if they want to participate in the program as they'd be taking losses on the existing loans, and it's not clear if the so-called "Hope for Homeowners" program will go over well in the industry. A report by the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group is critical of the initiative and found that in the past year, about one in five loans that were adjusted to give more favorable lending terms became delinquent again. What do you think of the mortgage aid program? Are you hopeful that it will prevent more foreclosures?