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HUD and the White House came out today with ideas on what to do about the future of mortgages in America.

They give a few different ideas going forward and place into thought the idea of FHA and a guarantee from the government on a loan with a private funding pool for reinsurance.

Now, the report goes to Congress for the whole thing to become a wrestling match taking who knows how long.

I applaud all the work that has been getting done, but let me reiterate what I have been saying for years as the solution to how government can be involved minimally and only in a catastrophic time while keeping the cost down to consumers.

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Let’s have a generic set of guidelines for loans, no limit on the loan size (low or high) where every loan has a private fee that can be financed into the loan so there is less impact on the payment and qualification and the money goes into the fund early.

Also, the underwriting standards need to take into account local and state markets.

A loan in one state/city where there is no income tax is different from one that has taxes. And how about the place where you get weather extremes and the utility bills are higher. Shouldn’t that be brought to focus?

Amazing enough, that loan underwriting is already in place, does 100% financing and has one of the lowest default rates of any loan type. It’s the VA loan.

I think with their underwriting standards, the insurance pool and no need for Fannie/Freddie, we could be on the path to a near perfect system in a very short period of time.

Add in the Private Mortgage Insurance companies to layer the high LTV loans on a monthly basis.

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Done. Mortgages, all secure, cheap and smart.

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Realty Reality! That describes Fred, a sharp witted and outspoken realist for the mortgage and real estate world who has appeared on CNBC and NPR's Marketplace along with being quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets. Fred is the CEO of U S Spaces, Inc/Arrivva (a real estate brokerage firm in PA, NJ, DE and CA) and U S Loans Mortgage Inc (mortgage brokerage in PA, CA, FL and VA), and serves on the Board of Directors and is the Federal Legislative Director for the UpFront Mortgage Brokers. Fred is also the co-creator of real estate startup, a mathematically driven rental search engine. See everything Fred at


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