Subprime Mortgage Meltdown?

27 03 2007

Provided By: CBS

This segment details what’s become of the subprime mortgage market and explains how to avoid financial disaster before shopping for a loan.  

According to Freddie Mac, subprime loans account for 50 percent of current home foreclosures. So, what does this mean for the Texas housing market?

“Dr. Mark Dotzour, chief economist with the Real Estate Center, says the real vulnerability in the residential housing market is in the entry-level housing category in regions where a large percentage of buyers have purchased with little or no down payment.

In recent years, investor thirst for the higher yields of mortgage-backed bonds has allowed mortgage lenders to relax credit standards and issue loans that have a much higher risk of foreclosure,” Dotzour said. “It stands to reason that when you make riskier loans, you are going to have more foreclosures” (Real Estate Center | Texas A&M University, January 2007).

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