For Immediate Release: 2.9.2012
Aid for Underwater Mortgages a Life Raft for Small Business
Today, in the biggest government-industry settlement since 1998, major mortgage lenders and the federal government struck a $25 billion deal that will bring relief to struggling homeowners across the nation, boosting demand for small businesses and stimulating the economy.
One in three small business owners report weak demand to be their top concern, according to national opinion polling commissioned by Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council. What’s more, three-quarters of owners say their business has suffered from low demand directly related to the mortgage crisis.
Our scientific opinion poll also found that by a 2:1 ratio, the majority of owners believe reducing the principal on underwater mortgages to their current market value would boost consumer spending.
Entrepreneurs who have used their homes as collateral especially stand to benefit. A full quarter of small business owners have used their home as an equity line of credit in order to finance their business. Many of them can now re-pocket money they lost when the market crashed and use it to grow their business, in turn stimulating the economy.
Today’s deal between the federal government and top mortgage lenders is a step in the right direction for small business, and marks a historical step toward our overall economic recovery.
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About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong, sustainable economy. We are a team of more than 30 working from our 11 offices in Washington, D.C. and 9 states, with a network of more than 45,000 small business owners and more than 2,000 business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about issues including taxes, healthcare, access to capital, entrepreneurship, workforce development, clean energy and immigration. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.