Right-to-rent becomes a reality
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Something has happened on the right-to-rent front! It comes from Fannie Mae and it’s called deed-for-lease, and I’m basically in full agreement with Dean Baker on this one: it’s a step in the right direction, but it’s still a far cry from what should be happening. Not only should the lease be for more than 12 months, but the program should be rolled out to all mortgages, not just those owned by Fannie Mae.
In the meantime, it’ll be fascinating to see just how popular this program is. Lots of bright ideas get rolled out and fail to gain traction; Fannie Mae should keep a close eye on this one, and make it more attractive if people aren’t making use of it. And Freddie Mac should in any case try to one-up them, perhaps with a three-year lease. Let’s keep the momentum going!