Wednesday, January 21, 2009

TARP to change under Obama -- hurrah!


With the presidential inauguration less than 24-hours past, the real estate community is already seeking out signs on the direction President Barack Obama will take TARP. One likely development that will be welcome to CRE is a greater focus on accountability for banks that choose to tap the billion-dollar-plus program. Specifically, banks that participate will be required to account for the money at a more granular level.

Let's hope so. Money flowing is what will work, in my humble opinion. If banks are "stabilized," as the story says (yesterday's plunge notwithstanding), then let's solve the real problem. No going back to cowboy lending, of course, but let's make the rational deals happen. If you want our money, do something other than hoard it.