“Mass Refinancing Plan” being considered

The White House is considering a housing proposal that would allow millions of home owners with government-backed mortgages to refinance into lower interest rates, The New York Times reports. 

“A wave of refinancing could be a strong stimulus to the economy, because it would lower consumers’ mortgage bills right away and allow them to spend elsewhere,” an article in The New York Times notes.

Many home owners have been unable to take advantage of today’s low interest rates — which are averaging around 4 percent — because they don’t qualify for refinancing at the best rates since they owe more on their home than it is currently worth or because of poor credit. The refinancing plan is still under discussion of how it would work, The New York Times said. 

“This is the best stimulus out there because it doesn’t increase the deficit, it accomplishes monetary policy, and it reduces defaults in housing,” Christopher J. Mayer, an economist at the Columbia Business School, told The New York Times. 

 Source: “U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages,” The New York Times (Aug. 24, 2011) 

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