I Don't Get It

I got an email press release the other day trumpeting, among other things, the following:

Fannie Mae will allow borrowers to refinance up to 120% of their home value if they are currently paying their mortgages on time.

'This is a huge positive development for responsible homeowners who are faithfully making their payments, but simply find themselves in a negative equity situation due to declining real estate values,'....

Isn't it deals like this that got so many homeowners in financial trouble. It's a bad move.

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Chris Farrell is the economics editor of Marketplace Money.

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