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A History Lesson from the Great Depression in Foreclosure Management

November 9th, 2012 6:30 PM by Steve Iltis

TheNicheReport) — Of all the lessons learned during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Federal Home Loan Bank Act of 1932 stands as one of the most powerful examples of efficient government intervention during a time of economic crisis. The system of 12 Federal Home Loan Banks, from which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac emerged, have provided funding for residential mortgage loans for the last eight decades –in addition to keeping the cost of home ownership within reasonable levels.

The foreclosure crisis during the Great Depression was of a greater magnitude in comparison to the avalanche of foreclosures that have piled up since around 2007. By the time the Federal Home Loan Bank Act was passed, the rate of foreclosures in the United States was about a thousand a day. At the time the radical interventionist legislation was passed, bankers criticized the federal government’s measure as being egregious and arbitrary.

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Posted by Steve Iltis on November 9th, 2012 6:30 PM


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