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Industry Responds to Government’s Request for REO Rental Ideas

With an estimated 250,000 foreclosed homes on Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's books, the government is considering inventive ways to divulge excess inventory and return stability to the housing market. The administration sent out a request for information (RFI) in August asking how a government REO rental program might work. The industry has responded with enthusiasm, submitting a slew of proposals now under consideration. Suggestions include lease-to-own options, rent-and-hold, and joint profit sharing.

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