Fannie Mae Penalizes Homeowners Who Walk Away From Their Mortgage

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fannie Mae Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (flickr: futureatlas.com)

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced plans this week to institute a new rule penalizing homeowners who walk away from their mortgages. If homeowners are able to afford home payments, Fannie Mae says they will pursue them in court and restrict their access to future home loans for seven years. The decision will affect many home-owning Americans since the mortgage market is nearly completely controlled by Fannie Mae, and its sister company Freddie Mac, as well as the Federal Housing Administration.

We ask Louise Story, finance reporter for our partner The New York Times, to explain the significance of the rule. To better understand the implications for the homeowner, we talk wtih Jeff Horton, who decided to walk away from two properties he owns in Orlando, Florida. He says he can afford is mortgage, but it's not worth it for him to stay in his home if he can rent a cheaper property.

Guests:

Jeff Horton and Louise Story

Produced by:

Samantha Fields and Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

ROBERT FALK from Jersey City NJ

John/Celeste
I have one question:
What would the public sentiment be if oil was washing up on the 367 miles of Texas shores destroying the San Padre Islands and associated tourist and wetlands?

Jun. 25 2010 07:54 AM

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