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Boomerang Buyers: Opportunity to build market share or...

Time heals countless things, including credit scores. Many of the seven million people who saw their VantageScores drop to sub-prime levels after suffering a...

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The irony in real estate originations...

In my last two posts on bankcard and auto originations, I provided evidence as to why lenders have reason to feel optimistic about their growth prospects in 2012.  With real estate lending however, the recovery, or lack thereof looks like it may continue to struggle throughout the year. At...

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Consumers’ Personal Debt Ceiling...

With the raising of the U.S. debt ceiling and its recent ramifications consuming the headlines over the past month, I began to wonder what would happen if the general credit consumer had made a similar argument to their credit lender. Something along the lines of, “Can you please increase my...

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Strategic Default in the Media...

By: Kari Michel The topic of strategic default has been a hot topic for the media as far back as 2009 and continues as this problem won’t really go away until home prices climb and stay there. Terry Stockman (not his real name) earns a handsome income, maintains a high...

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Foreclosure freezes are not just a mortgage issue...

With the issue of delayed bank foreclosures at the top of the evening news, I wanted to provide a different perspective on the issue and highlight what I think are some very important, yet often underestimated risks hidden within this issue. For many homeowners, the process of becoming delinquent...

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US interest rates are at historically low...

US interest rates are at historically low levels, and while many Americans are taking advantage of the low interest rates and refinancing their mortgages, a great deal more are struggling to find jobs,  and unable to take advantage of the rate- friendly lending environment.  This market however, continues to...

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Underwater homeowners – what keeps them in their homes...

By: Staci Baker As more people have become underwater on their mortgage, the decision to stay or not stay in their home has evolved to consider a number of influences that impact consumer credit decisions.  Research is revealing that much of an individual’s decision to meet his credit obligations...

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Unemployment and credit risk...

Since 2007, when the housing and credit crises started to unfold, we’ve seen unemployment rates continue to rise (9.7% in March 2010 *)  with very few indicators that they will return to levels that indicate a healthy economy any time soon. I’ve also found myself reading about the hardship...

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Loan modifications – another use for credit attributes...

A recent article in the Boston Globe talked about the lack of incentive for banks to perform wide-scale real estate loan modifications due to the lack of profitability for lenders in the current government-led program structure. The article cited a recent study by the Boston Federal Reserve that noted...

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Does mortgage strategic default really exist? Part 3...

In my previous two blogs, I introduced the definition of strategic default and compared and contrasted the population to other types of consumers with mortgage delinquency.  I also reviewed a few key characteristics that distinguish strategic defaulters as a distinct population. Although I’ve mentioned that segmenting this group is important,...

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Does mortgage strategic default really exist? Part 2...

In my last blog, I discussed the presence of strategic defaulters and outlined the definitions used to identify these consumers, as well as other pools of consumers within the mortgage population that are currently showing some measure of mortgage repayment distress. In this section, I will focus on the...

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Regional difference can make the difference...

For the past couple years, the deterioration of the real estate market and the economy as a whole has been widely reported as a national and international crisis. There are several significant events that have contributed to this situation, such as, 401k plans have fallen, homeowners have simply abandoned their now under-valued properties,...

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