The Urban Institute’s Laurie Goodman and Bing Bai explain low-downpayment options.
Profits are weakening, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might be even more fiscally fragile today than they were in 2008. That means a ripple in the housing market could leave taxpayers on the hook for another bailout. For that we can blame Congress and the White House, which never got around to fixing the companies after the mortgage meltdown. That indifference could cost us as much as $157.3 billion for a second bailout if the economy goes really south.
Spring is a bad time for housing to catch a chill, but that’s the latest diagnosis from Fannie Mae’s monthly consumer survey. Attitudes toward homeownership hit a low in March, and more people think the economy is on the wrong track.