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Congress Screams Bloody Murder About HAMP Program

Barney FrankLast week, the Obama administration sends “swat teams” into mortgage servicers’ offices to investigate the problem of loans under the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (a $75 billion taxpayer-financed program put in place to curb foreclosure rates) as servicers are blamed for frequently losing paperwork, missing details and failing to complete applications.

With mortgage delinquencies rising, 375,000 borrowers are eligible for permanent loan modifications by the end of December and the Administration wants to make sure the banks make good on granting these modifications. Proof of reluctance to move past trial offer periods is that only 1,711 permanent mortgage modifications had been offered by September.

Today, the House Finance Committee Meeting was filled with raised voices toward the administration that their efforts are subpar. According to, Chairman Rep. Barney Frank said, “we are terribly frustrated,” which was met with agreement by others on the committee. “Why can’t we do so something? I am frustrated,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said.

Is it ironic that Frank is leading the screams of bloody murder given his role in the mortgage bloodbath, or is it is he nobly leading the charge to hold the administration, lenders and others accountable and get to the bottom of this mess to help out stranded homeowners?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Matt Stigliano

    December 9, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Lani – Here’ what I love about Barney: he’s passionate and a bit of a hot head. Here’s what I hate about Barney: he’s a bit of a hot head and passionate.

    I think now that banks are paying back TARP funds they feel they don’t have to deal with HAMP with as much seriousness. They got what they needed to stay alive what’s in it for them now?

  2. Benn Rosales

    December 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I’d love to put congress in the hot seat, how about congress go before the american public an explain fannie and freddie, how about barney explain that fiasco. He and congress wont, but they will scream at everyone else- to funny.

  3. linda calvecchio

    March 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Can someone please tell me what to do was in trial period for over a year and a half then they sold the loan right out from under me now new company has me at 30,000.00 behind in mortgage payment and threating forclousure. I never missed or was late one time. I thought a loan modification wa a good thing for people to lower their mortgage payments buit this is a disgrace. Citi mortgage has done this to millions of people and it has to stop. They have played with peoples lives credit and homes along with all the stress they have put is through. There needs to be reprucussions here. I can not and will not allow them to take my home. I worked way to hard for it.

    • Lani Rosales

      March 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      Linda, your situation would be expedited by speaking with an independent loan expert as each modification is unique. Maybe even just a phone call with a mortgage broker would set you on the right path?

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