Why don’t mortage companies who have lended ARM mortgages just convert the loan to a lower rate fixed?

Just wondering in the whole backwash of subprime lending and ARM loans recently going under, why havent mortgage companies investors just lose less by converting those mortgages to a lower fixed rate to save the company, the consumer and the US economy? Many mortgage companies are out of business now, at it seems if who is left can at least cut some of their losses, it would be good for all.

Please no stupid bashers, I want financial experts to explain this to me. I don’t have a mortgage, but would like to buy a house in the near future. I have no degree in business so I havent a clue what this entails.

Thank You

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