NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- The man at the center of the controversy over writing down mortgage principal on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans isn't wavering. He may be reconsidering previous loss formulas, factoring in new government subsidies for principal write-down, but his opinion seems largely unchanged. After beginning a speech Tuesday morning about all the so-called "Enterprises" (Fannie and Freddie) have done to help millions of borrowers behind on their mortgage payments, and reminding listeners of his agency's mandate to, "preserve and conserve the assets of the Enterprises," FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco took a left turn. "There is another human element in this story that does not seem to receive much attention," DeMarco continued. "Clearly, many households got over-extended financially. Some accumulated debts they couldn't afford when hours or wages were cut or jobs were lost. Others withdrew equity from their homes as house prices soared. Others bought houses at the peak of the market, often with little money down, perhaps in the belief house prices would continue to climb. Yet there are other Americans who did not do these thing."
By Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter
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