This is a plan I first suggested two years ago and again on Inauguration day, to help every citizen of the USA whose current mortgage obligation exceeds the value of their primary home.
Principle no 1: No household should pay a housing cost (mortgage payment: principal + Interest only) that exceeds 30% of their gross income( before any deductions) as reported on their latest Federal Tax Return.
Principle no 2: The Federal Government will refinance existing mortgages, through The Federal Reserve Bank; (buy the existing mortgage and reissue a new mortgage to homeowner). This will apply ONLY to homeowners whose mortgage debt on their PRIMARY residence is larger than the current value of their property.
Principle no 3: New mortgages issued under this program, based on household ability to pay, will contain a provision that allows The Federal Reserve Bank to recover, on sale of secured property, 80% of the difference between the nominal value of the new mortgage issued and the then sale price of the property, until full amount of original refinanced mortgage is recovered. The Federal Reserve Bank will be allowed to charge a 0.5% fee in addition to 30yr Treasury Bond rate to cover cost of implementing the program.
Principle no 4: Federal Reserve Bank will be allowed to continue to repackage these new mortgages in CMO’s etc for resale through traditional resale channels.