Federal officials and mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced  a plan that borrowers would get reduced interest rates or longer loan terms to make their payments more affordable, the Associated Press reported. However, it only applies to loans Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee. Of all the loans Fannie and Freddie represent, only 20 percent are delinquent. “The plan falls short of what is needed to achieve wide-scale modifications of distressed mortgages,” Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said in the article.Bernanke Names Fannie, Freddie fixes
Federal Reserve Board President Ben Bernanke gave a speech via satellite on the future of mortgage financing to the University of California Berkeley Conference. Bernanke presents several options to fix Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One option: consolidate GSE and FHA and become government agencies that securitize mortgages. Watch  the full speech from Bloomberg TV to learn about all the options they are considering for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Fast FACT: 47.8%
According to a report  by CNN.com, Nevada is No. 1 with the most loans that have negative equity. Of 609,577 loans in the state, 47.8 percent are under water.
Plans for Middle Class, Economy
President-Elect Obama discusses the need for a rescue plan for middle-class Americans before fixing other problems in the economy. In a radio address  from the Associated Press, he lays out his plans for the economy, both long-term goals and short-term goals.
Key Wins for Housing
The election on Nov. 4 produced significant wins for the housing industry. The NAHB noted  candidates who gained the support of NAHB won 26 of 33 seats in the Senate and 309 of 337 seats in the House.
Pressure on President-Elect Obama
On “Dollars & Sense“  from Bloomberg TV, Kevin Hassett, McCain's campaign economic advisor from American Enterprise Institute, and Barry Bosworth of Brookings Institution discuss the challenges the President-Elect faces in the next few months and the pressure to find solutions and implement them quickly.
Economic Team Begins Strategizing
President-Elect Obama has put together his economic team. Watch  the news clip from the Associated Press as he discusses his plans for the economy's problems.
Country Reacts to Economic Plan
Unemployment is at 6.5 percent and 1.2 million jobs were lost so far this year. But President-Elect Obama said he plans to confront the crisis head-on by implementing a rescue plan for the middle-class and a stimulus plan to help bring the economy back up and create jobs. However, reactions to his plan have reiterated it will not be easy and will not happen overnight. Watch  the news clip from WBRC Birmingham to hear what local businesses in Alabama have to say.
Assets of component manufacturer/lumber distributor CTX Builders Supply were purchased by Denver-based ProBuild Holdings  from Centex Homes . CTX Builders Supply operates six distribution and manufacturing plants in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. The company produces wall panels, roof and floor trusses for Centex.New Hire at Harkins Builders
Christo Bardis, co-founder of Sacramento, Calif.-based Reynen & Bardis Communities , a home building and land developing company, filed for Chapter 11 protection in court mid-October, the firm announced. Bardis listed liabilities of $100 million to $500 million and assets between $10 million to $50 million.J.P. Morgan Modifies Its Mortgages
J.P. Morgan Chase announced  it will modify around $70 billion of its own mortgages that are in or nearing default. The company feels the initiative will help stem the tide of foreclosures that is taking over the country. A 90-day moratorium was placed on all foreclosures to begin the process of applying the guidelines. Two dozen new regional counseling centers will open, and an additional 300 loan counselors will be trained.