Too often, the media passes over a story and doesn’t do a good job explaining HOW. Sometimes the “HOW” is more simple than we expect, but if so, take a minute to mention it. The question, “how is the government going to get rates down to 4%,” is obvious once noted and reminded of what happened with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a while back.
The government bought into the conservatorship for Fannie and Freddie, so they could directly demand the Treasury to issue bonds and fund the housing agencies(CLICK HERE for previous Blog on Conservatorship). In turn, their lower costs for funds would allow for a lowering of mortgage rates. In a Blog at Marketplace.com, they make a good point about offering rates at 4%…4% doesn’t offer much compensation for overhead (default, prepayment risk, and underwriting).
Anyway, the government has the conservatorship on Fannie and Freddie and has lots of money…they can make it happen.