Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has a proposal (H.R. 5830) introduced in the House of Representatives suggesting that the FHA refinance mortgages and be part owners with profit sharing. The bill proposes a declining percentage fee on profits to discourage short-term speculators, and the program would not apply to 2nd home owners, equal to 100% of all profits in year one, 80% in year 2, and so on for the first 5 years. Then there would be an “exit” fee equal to 3% of the sale price. This means lenders would accept losses and would later receive a portion of future profits from the home seller. To the besieged homeowner/seller, getting 97% of a profit after 5+ years is a big relief from total equity loss from a foreclosure.