Category Archives: Risky Lending

Gettin risky with it

From HousingWire: FHA is increasing lending to riskier borrowers Citing rising risks among the mortgages it is backing, the Federal Housing Administration earlier this year announced that it was changing some of its lending rules to increase the prevalence of manual underwriting. The idea behind the … Continue reading

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Still overpriced?

From the NY Post: Embattled New Jersey mansion is now a whopping 75 percent off This northern New Jersey mansion dates to the roaring ’20s, but it’s certainly not roaring now. The grand property — once one of the state’s … Continue reading

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Probably because they learned their lesson … duh

From HousingWire: Why aren’t more people tapping into their home equity? As the housing market has continued its recovery, home prices have been climbing at a steady clip across the nation. And that means homeowners now have a nice stockpile … Continue reading

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FHA getting a bit too risky

From HousingWire: FHA says as many as 50,000 mortgages will be affected by new lending rules Two weeks ago, the Federal Housing Administration took steps to mitigate risks to its single-family portfolio, announcing updates to its TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard that will flag some loans … Continue reading

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Crisis officially over?

From Inman: Delinquency rates fall to pre-housing crisis levels: CoreLogic The number of homeowners failing to make mortgage payments has dipped to levels unseen since before the 2008 housing crisis. Nationwide, only 4.1 percent of homeowners were delinquent on their mortgage in December, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 61 Comments

Oh baby, now we’re talking

From CNBC: Thousands line up for zero-down-payment, subprime mortgages Magdalene Altidor lost her home to foreclosure during the subprime mortgage crisis, but this week she was first in line at a four-day event in Miami where borrowers with poor credit … Continue reading

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Yep, this will end well

From MarketWatch: The new housing play: Helping priced-out renters become long-distance landlords Leland Char is a 28-year-old product manager for a large San Francisco-based tech company. He loves the Bay Area’s “very authentic Asian food and new American cuisine, smart … Continue reading

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NY Mortgages Worse Than NJ

From CoreLogic’s December Loan Performance Insights: NY has finally taken the overtaken NJ in mortgage delinquency stats, something I’ve been talking about for months. This is primarily being driven by distressed loan performance improving in NJ, and not delinquencies growing … Continue reading

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So it wasn’t subprime?

From Quartz: House flippers triggered the US housing market crash, not poor subprime borrowers The grim tale of America’s “subprime mortgage crisis” delivers one of those stinging moral slaps that Americans seem to favor in their histories. Poor people were … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, Housing Bubble, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 88 Comments

Smaller down payments gaining popularity

From CNBC: Homebuyers put less and less skin in the game, adding to the market’s overall risk It feels like deja vu in mortgage land all over again. Homebuyers are increasingly opting to put less money down when purchasing their … Continue reading

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Still #1

From HousingWire: Foreclosure filings see slight uptick in May The number of foreclosure filings increased slightly in May, but they are still down significantly from the year before, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. Foreclosure filings in May increased to a … Continue reading

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How your tax dollars are spent to protect the wealthy

From Climate Central: How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program Long Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of sprawling oceanfront retreats and second homes located midway down the state’s heavily developed … Continue reading

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Up or Down or Up or Down or Up or Down

From Marketwatch: Housing demand may keep market afloat, even if rates rise How will the housing market handle rising rates? Ever since the November election, when the unexpected Trump victory sent bond yields flying and mortgage rates following closely behind, … Continue reading

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“Take a vacation on the house.”

From CNBC: Rising home values aren’t enough to shake consumers’ memories of the financial crisis Consumers still see value in buying and owning homes. Yet with memories of the recession still fresh in their minds, the recent lift in real … Continue reading

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As rates rise, FHA cuts premiums

From MarketWatch: After mortgage-rate spike, FHA to cut insurance premium The Federal Housing Administration will reduce the annual premium borrowers pay, in order to expand credit access to more Americans, the government announced Monday. Borrowers who close on an FHA … Continue reading

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