In its infinite wisdom and great generosity (with my tax dollars), the U.S. government is now considering a plan to freeze mortgage rates for homeowners who’ve gotten in over their financial heads.
Excuse me?! How is this fair? I shopped long and hard for a small home I could afford at fixed-rate payments I felt I could handle. I passed on a new, more expensive place that I loved that would have had similar payments — if I had accepted the special this-week-only, no-doc, 3% adjustable rate mortgage the builder was offering.
Now you’re telling me that if I had bought that place, I’d be in line for a handout from the government, a cash bailout or a lock on that 3% loan?!
How very shortsighted of me to assume I’d have to pay off my own loan, at the 6.7% rate I contracted for. Now I’m stuck not only with paying off my own loan, but with supporting the guy who accepted that 3% loan.
Hey, I’m retired. I’m on a fixed income. I played by the rules. I studied the market and shopped for a home and loan appropriate to my circumstances. Where’s my handout? Am I any less deserving than the buyer who didn’t read what he was signing, who didn’t properly manage his own finances? Am I less deserving than the predatory financial institution or sales rep that promoted subprime loans?