President Obama Nominates Mel Watt for FHFA Post

by Marlene from Colchester, CT

Update! Mel Watt's official nomination confirmed December 11, 2013! Ask Kate about President Obama's nomination of Congressman Mel Watt for the FHFA post: The latest in national mortgage news, President Obama announced on May 1, 2013 that he is nominating Mel Watt for the position of director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


After being confirmed by the Senate, Watt will replace the unpopular Ed DeMarco, commonly regarded by struggling borrowers as the Ebenezer Scrooge of homeownership.

It's official as of December 11, 2013!

Mel Watt as director of Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is confirmed by a vote of 57 to 41 in the Senate. This means Ed DeMarco is out!

Why is this important to homeowners? It is expected to result in more principal write-downs for struggling homeowners and a stronger HARP refinance program for underwater mortgages.

Marlene asks Kate About Mel Watt Nomination for FHFA Post

Hi Kate,

What is your take on President Obama's nomination of Congressman Mel Watt? Do you think he will be confirmed? If so do you think the new FHFA director may eliminate the securitization cut-off date to allow more responsible homeowners access to HARP?

If so, will the confirmation process be completed timely enough before interest rate starts to climb? Thanks, Marlene

Kate Answers: Presidential Nomination of Mel Watt for FHFA Post

***zz-portrait-left.shtml*** Dear Marlene,

Before I begin, I'd like to mention that my opinions are not politically based.

Politicians come and go. Parties changes their stance. But homeownership remains the backbone of our country.

The future of homeownership and the individual homeowner is my concern. Enough said!

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac

Why are the FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac important to homeowners?

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 and Freddie Mac in 1970 to provide a steady stream of residential housing funds.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency was created in 2008 to supervise and regulate government sponsored entities (GSEs), including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

This was sparked by the turbulence in the housing market, still affecting our economy and the future of homeownership.

If you've attempted a HARP refinance or HAMP loan modification, it's likely that you are familiar with taxpayer-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whether or not the entities (also know as the Enterprises) back your mortgage.

Okay, now on to newly nominated Mel Watt.

Mel Watt Politician vs Ed DeMarco Economist

Mel Watt from South Carolina has served in the House of Representatives since 1992. His emphasis has been to stamp out predatory lending and provide mortgage opportunities for low-income and credit-challenged borrowers.

If he becomes director of the FHFA, he will replace economist Ed DeMarco, acting director since 2009.

DeMarco prefers to eliminate Fannie and Freddie, thereby creating a greater separation between our government and the business of lending money. If he has his way, private capital vs the Enterprises would provide funds for the housing market.

DeMarco's cold indifference toward the plight of those on the verge of foreclosure has done little to endear himself to struggling homeowners.

Ask Kate's Wish List for HARP Refinance and HAMP Modification

Now what do I want?

Homeownership has been a stabilizing force in our nation as long as most of us can remember. I want to see support from the government, no matter if a Republican or Democrat is in the White House, no matter which party controls Congress.

Top on my wishlist is...

Homeowner Wish List for HARP Refinancing and Modifying a Mortgage

As a homeowner, what changes do you want to see? What's top on your wish list? Please comment! (See link near the bottom of the page.)

But one more thing! Have you written the President to add your wishes to the HARP 3 proposal and ask for changes to HAMP loan modification policies? Keep it simple by writing one letter and sending a copy to President Obama, your Washington DC representatives, and your local government.

If you are like me, writing the letter to ask for change and to tell your story is not as time consuming as digging up the various ways to contact your politicians (and sometimes even trying to figure out their names).

I've fixed that! Go to my 4 easy ways to contact Washington DC and your state government. Help restore the strength of homeownership!

Good luck and best wishes,



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by: Marlene

Hi Kate,

You are an awesome advocate for consumer and responsible homeowners. This is a very rare qualification. Some people/or agency pretend they are but in reality it's another bureaucratic game that is being played to appease consumers.

By the way, I could not figure out how to reply to your comment to my earlier inquiry related to Congressman Mel Watt so I use that form.

(Marlene, I am doing this for you so that your comment is attached to your initial letter, Kate)

Based on your earlier suggestion for us to contact the White House, could a member of this contact group put together a letter and we all could sign it in one powerful voice?

Again, thank you, Marlene

Hi Marlene, Kate here...

Thank you so much for your kind words. I very much appreciate them.

I SO like your idea too! Is there anyone who would like to spearhead the letter that Marlene described?

Let me know! Kate

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