HOPE NOW just hype ... or substance?
I hate to sound cynical, but my sense is there's nothing "new" here. Regulators, members of Congress, trade groups, lenders and consumer groups are already trying to help troubled borrowers and minimize foreclosures. Wrapping those efforts up in a warm and fuzzy package -- and slapping a cheesy name on them -- may get you some coverage on the evening news, but it doesn't really change anything. Indeed, just a few days ago, FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair essentially spelled out what regulators have already been doing to push and prod mortgage lenders and servicers to do the right thing.
Now, if I were the petty type, I'd point out these guys were all asleep at the switch when this whole ridiculous housing/lending bubble was inflating in the first place. But lucky for you, I'm not.