Sub-Prime Mortgages: Crisis Averted?

I’ve posted here before that there were signs that the sub-prime mortgage mess, while unfortunate for many, was not the crisis that the press makes it out to be. The housing market is just too important to this economy, and while no one is screaming “bailout”, there have been consistent signs that the country is not going to sit idly by and let millions of people lose their homes.

Today President Bush announced that new programs were being established to help 80,000 people who have fallen behind on their payments. I’d be willing to bet that if conditions worsen, even more programs will be announced. Sure, they’ll blame it on the predatory lenders rather than home buyers that made bad decisions, but at the end of the day, no one wants people out on the street. It’s in everyone’s best interests–from the owners’, to the lenders’, to the government’s, to keep people in their homes.

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