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Housing policy needs to be refocused on strengthening household balance sheets, especially by making borrowers more resilient to home price declines. The new Wealth Building Home Loan developed at the American Enterprise Institute does exactly that.

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The release of data on mortgage originations collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act has given rise to a number of articles that cite “racial disparities” in loan denial and approval rates. But do these numbers represent differences arising from the application of consistent credit standards to various groups, or are they disparities that arise from inconsistent credit standards? From the data as required by and reported under the HMDA, you cannot know the answer.

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In the first three years of a Wealth Building Home Loan, 77% of monthly mortgage payments pay off principal while in a 30-year loan only 32% goes toward principal. After 15 years the home is owned free and clear, and starting in year 16 the family has cash flow available for life-cycle needs such as their children’s education.

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These three studies are: 1. Sizing Total Exposure to Subprime and Alt-A Loans in the U.S. First Mortgage Market as of 6.30.2008, 2. Sizing Total Federal Government and Federal Agency Contributions to Subprime and Alt-A Loans in the U.S. First Mortgage Market as of 6.30.2008, and 3. High LTV, Subprime and Alt-A Originations Over the Period 1992–2007 and Fannie, Freddie, FHA, and VA‘s Role.

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Housing finance in the United States over the last one hundred years can be divided into three eras: The age of savings and loan institutions (1914-1980), the age of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (1980-2008), and the As-Yet Undefined Age (2008-future).

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We invite you to join us for this year’s international conference on housing risk — cosponsored by the Collateral Risk Network and AEI International Center on Housing Risk — which will focus on new mortgage and collateral risk measures and their applications.

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At the core of the US financial collapse was the lack of an objective standard of safety and soundness in mortgage underwriting and collateral risk assessment. Opaque information regarding these risks meant that homebuyers, lenders, investors, insurers, regulators, and policymakers had neither incentives nor information to moderate the bubble.

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The Wealth Building Home Loan, a new approach to home finance, received rave reviews by several leaders of national stature, including the “godfather” of mortgage finance, Lewis Ranieri, at the American Mortgage Conference held September 8-10. 

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Created by AEI’s Edward Pinto and Stephen Oliner, the Wealth Building Home Loan is a new approach to low-income home finance that provides low-income borrowers a straight, broad highway to building wealth based on a 15-year, fully amortizing, fixed-rate loan.

 

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