As Lenders Hold Homes in Foreclosure, Sales Are Hurt
May 22, 2011, New York Times
The nation’s biggest banks and mortgage lenders have steadily amassed real estate empires, acquiring a glut of foreclosed homes that threatens to deepen the housing slump and create a further drag on the economic recovery. All told, they own more than 872,000 homes as a result of the groundswell in foreclosures, almost twice as many as when the financial crisis began in 2007, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate data provider.
Foreclosures vs. Delinquencies: It’s All About the Courts
May 23, 2011, Wall Street Journal
Thursday’s report on mortgage delinquencies from the Mortgage Bankers Association offered a mixed bag. The good news is that the share of problem loans in the system is down from one year ago. The bad? Mortgage delinquencies, after adjusting for seasonal factors, didn’t decline much in the first quarter from the previous quarter, and foreclosures remain at very high levels.
It Teetered, It Tottered, It Was Bound to Fall Down
May 21, 2011, New York Times
This article was adapted from “Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon,” by Gretchen Morgenson, a business reporter and columnist for The New York Times, and Joshua Rosner, a managing director at the independent research consultant Graham Fisher. The book is to be published on Tuesday by Times Books.
California Creating Mortgage Fraud Task Force
May 23, 2011, Los Angeles Times
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is creating a 25-person task force to target mortgage fraud of any size — from small operations that preyed on troubled borrowers to corporations that sold risky loans as safe investments.
Time to Overhaul Foreclosure Process?
May 23, 2011, Palm Beach Post
Nearly a quarter of the nation's home foreclosures have Florida addresses, leaving the Sunshine State with the largest chunk of the country's mortgage woe. The number of Florida loans in foreclosure — 466,454 — is more than the total number of loans in 22 states, according to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association that looked at mortgage delinquencies in the first quarter of this year. Florida's share of the national foreclosure pie is 23.7 percent.