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May 03, 2007

Give the Fed Your 2c Worth on Abusive Lending

Peter Coy

The Federal Reserve is holding a hearing in Washington on June 14 about abusive lending practices. The Fed is looking for a way to curb abuse without discouraging responsible lenders from extending credit. You can imagine that getting on the list of speakers is a hot ticket inside the Beltway. If you want to speak or submit comments, check out this press release from the Fed and follow the instructions....

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can't find the link to tell the fed what i think about this nonsense.

i have 11000 people on my realestate club list that i want to inform of this.

Posted by: phyllis at May 4, 2007 02:07 PM

Phyllis:

The Federal Reserve hasn't published details on its web site yet. We'll monitor it and provide details as they're available.

Dean Foust

BusinessWeek

Posted by: Dean Foust at May 4, 2007 02:46 PM

As a real estate broker with over 20 years of experience, I wanted to weigh in on the current sub-prime debacle.

In this last housing boom, lenders created loan products to meet consumer's hearty desires, they created a huge amount of equity but missed a vital point; they allowed consumers to buy a payment, not a house. Items like "Stated Income" and "Hybrid ARMs" made an egregious amount of money for banks and brokers but put people in places they should never have been allowed to go. The sad part is that the public will end up paying for the lender?? mistakes.

One of the biggest problems is how the market defines "sub-prime", they label it as 640 FICO or less. One 30 day late can unjustly bring you to that level, to use that against borrowers is criminal. Banks have been manipulating borrowers with excellent credit so that they can put them into lousy loans that make the bank a ton of money but place the borrower into a larger payment that is built to fail sooner or later. If the credit scoring mechanisms (FICO) were realistic and banks rated a borrower's credit correctly, allowing for mistakes and some unavoidable items, it would result in borrowers being put into the proper loans. Banks would have made a bit less money but not bankrupted their customers eventually. It is a system in which the borrower has very little leverage; you play on the bank's field or you go home????..if you have one.

Of vital need for change is the way loan brokers are compensated. The YSP or "Yield Spread Premium" is nothing more than the Bank's kickback to the broker for doing the loan. The worse the loan, in terms of interest rate, that the broker gets the borrower to agree to, the higher the YSP dollars go to the broker. What exactly, other than honesty, is the broker's motivation for helping a borrower get the best available deal? Combine greed, low barrier to entry and minimal mandated disclosures and you have a recipe for a lending disaster at the borrower level. Until there are mandated disclosures that spell out, in 14-point type and plain language, what exactly a borrower is encumbering themselves to in total and how the broker or bank is compensated this system will continue to fail the public.

I have personally seen lenders and brokers lie to consumers about their credit-worthiness and play bait-and-switch games to get them into appalling loans. The residential industry is rife with such tactics and their bill is coming due for it. They killed their own Golden Goose; we're going to get stuck with the feathers.

Michael Hoskinson

Foundation Realty

Huntington Beach, Ca

Posted by: Michael Hoskinson at May 10, 2007 10:57 AM


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