Can our economy be saved by a mortgage holiday? This is the plan devised by two Portland, Oregon, businessmen. A local jewelry store and a high end hotel owner, together, came up with a plan that they say will stop foreclosures, stimulate the economy, and get this country back on track.
Their plan is actually ok, but I do see a lot of jobs being lost by it. It would eliminate the need for collectors, and short sale and foreclosure departments for the next year. Their idea would be to have a one year mortgage holiday for all mortgages in the United States. Now, this isn't mandatory and if you don't want to participate, you don't have to. But the idea is the payments would be added to the end of the loan and gives people one year to pay off other bills or use on other items needed.
This would put a lot of money in to the economy. But my thought was how was this going to help renters that are in the properties of the owner that isn't paying their mortgage? They even came up with a plan for that. The landlord would have to renegotiate with the tenant and offer the tenant a 25-50% rental discount for that year, depending on what the mortgage payment was for the year.
Now, this doesn't only apply to home owners, they are also planning to include businesses in this plan. How this would work, is if you own a fourplex business or an office building that has mortgage payments, those payments would also not be paid for the year.
They feel this will help restaurants that are buying a building and give them more money to put in to the actual business. This will let them hire more people, putting more money in to the economy. They feel at the end of the year the economy that we would be back in a position to curb inflation and foreclosures.
Check out the whole plan at their website SaveOurEconomy.com
Todd Clark - broker
Kastings & Associates