The Home Equity Lending Industry

The Home Equity Lending Industry

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This book provides the first systematic study of the home equity lending industry from a public policy perspective. Home equity lending--refinancing mortgages for homeowners whose credit ratings do not meet the normal underwriting standards of prime lenders--has grown rapidly during the past dozen years. But this form of lending is not very well known or understood outside the industry itself. qHome equity lenders take greater risks than conventional prime lenders, q notes Weicher, and they incur higher rates of delinquencies and defaults, and higher servicing costs. Hence, they charge higher interest rates. But because of the risks and uncertainties involved, this form of investment is not for the faint of heart. To increase understanding of this rapidly growing industry, Weicher identifies the demographic and economic characteristics of borrowers; mortgage rates and terms compared with those on prime loans; origination and servicing costs; rates of delinquency and default; and the costs incurred by real estate owned due to foreclosure. The book provides a sound foundation for investors, public policymakers, and the general public interested in this fast-growing segment of the financial marketplace.The most common method is through a correspondent, a lender with a warehouse line of credit provided by a bank or other ... prime mortgage market, there are no generally accepted underwriting guidelines for subprime home equity lenders.

Title:The Home Equity Lending Industry
Author:John C. Weicher
Publisher:Hudson Inst - 1997


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