"I think it reinforces the current nature of mortgage finance policy, which is not to hold borrowers responsible. This isn’t just about Freddie, but it’s also about these borrowers sticking it to the taxpayer," Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute said.
Every American upset with the state of mortgage lending should read the Fox Business News article on strategic default in order to meet the "New Face of Foreclosure."
Strategic defaulters are underwater borrowers who intend to remedy their "upside-down situation" by simply walking away from their mortgages.
The Fox Business article paints a clear picture of a 67-year-old strategic defaulter who is walking away from a $166,000 loan.
Two different research teams look at the question from two different sides.
Let’s start with the dark side: the borrowers who ruthlessly put the house back to the servicer. Then we’ll move on to some researchers we don’t hear from often enough, who start by trying to quantify the bright side: the borrowers who won’t drive away from the house.
The CFPB left the grace period open-ended and most in the industry interpreted that to mean that it will last throughout the rest of 2015, at least. Unfortunately, as welcome as that grace period is, TRID remains a costly and complicated fix that has enormous implications for the whole industry..
“Bad letters damage the brand,” Katherine Porter says. “There’s a contagion effect of this. I think bad letters are unjust. They disproportionately harm the borrowers we need to help the most.” Read More
The answer may be found somewhere between commandeering the entire process and “throwing it over the fence.” For lenders, paying more attention to the source of the data and information used in finalizing settlement (title searching, valuation and the like) could hold the key. This means data reporting collected in a more robust, accurate and verifiable fashion. Read More