Homeowner bailout plan may not stop US housing market crash

Homeowner bailout plan may not stop US housing market crash




The meltdown in the American housing market is not over yet, with experts warning that a rise in home foreclosures next year and in 2011 could undermine the chances of a sustained economic recovery in the United States.


The Obama administration has set aside $75 billion (£46 billion) under its homeowner bailout plan, known as the Home Affordable Modification Programme, to allow up to four million American homeowners to reduce their monthly mortgage payments and keep them from defaulting on their loans.


Yet despite efforts by the US Treasury Department to step up pressure on mortgage companies to modify more loans, take-up has been slow and the programme has been widely condemned for providing insufficient help to borrowers who have lost their jobs or who owe more than their homes are worth.