Archive for the ‘Mortgages’ Category

“You’ll never guess what’s leading consumer debt higher now, at this stage in the cycle… mortgages… specifically, a new type of Fannie and Freddie mortgage product. It’s called ‘The Conventional 97’. It only requires a 3% down payment.

What’s ‘conventional’ about this kind of loan? Nothing, of course. No private lender would ever make a loan like this where the lender is taking all of the risk.” -Porter Stansberry

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Rich House

Posted: November 20, 2016 in Mortgages
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“Buying a more expensive home every time you get a big raise is a great way to ensure that you will never get rich.  What you want to do is find the least expensive house you can love and keep.  The longer you keep it, the more income you will have to invest in the sorts of assets that will, eventually, make you rich.” -Mark Ford

“Before you refinance, you need to look at your break-even point, your cash-flow needs, and the length of time you expect to stay in your house….   You have to know what your total savings will be over the life of the loan.” -Bob Irish

Fannie Mae announced that it will offer a HomePath Ready Buyer Program.  They will offer up to 3% toward the purchase price of a home (if they take a home buyer education course).

“That’s right: We’re back to 3% down payments, rebated. And we’re back to the feds (Fannie Mae is a government entity) encouraging people to load themselves down with mortgage debt.  ‘Stimulus’, is what they call it.  ‘A debt trap’ is what it really is.” -Bill Bonner

Fannie Mae is already in receivership with the assistance of the government.  Now, they will be putting even more on their backs with this program.  This low down payment program didn’t end up so well just a few years ago, now it is being reinvented.

Is home ownership “affordable” if someone needs assistance?

Forever Loans

Posted: May 30, 2014 in Mortgages
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Mortgage loans rarely get paid off.  Instead, they just go on forever, from one ‘owner’ to the next.” -Bill Bonner

“What really happens is the financial industry borrows funds at a rate of interest near zero to make mortgage loans. Aided and abetted by Fannie Mae, it is now landlord to 44 million Americans. The poor “homeowner” is turned into a mortgage slave. He is stuck for life – or longer – making payments on a house that cost the financial industry nothing.” -Bill Bonner

“This paper has investigated the effect of government assistance on bank risk taking. While we do not find a significant effect of government assistance on the aggregate credit supply, our results suggest a considerable effect on the risk of originated loans.

After being approved for federal funds […] participants issue riskier loans and increase capital allocations to riskier, higher-yield securities, as compared to banks that were denied federal funds. [T]he net effect is a significant increase in systemic risk and the probability of distress at approved banks. Overall, our evidence is broadly consistent with the theories that predict an increase in risk taking incentives as a result of government protection.” -Journal of Financial Economics, Professors Ran Duchin and Denis Sosyura