CRA. Fannie. Freddie. Coup de grâce.

Barry recently referenced a fascinating story by David Streitfeld in the NY Times. He beat me to the punch on it, but didn’t cover some aspects that I thought were noteworthy.

Here’s the money shot:

Whether it is their residence, a second home or a house bought as an investment, the rich have stopped paying the mortgage at a rate that greatly exceeds the rest of the population.

More than one in seven homeowners with loans in excess of a million dollars are seriously delinquent, according to data compiled for The New York Times by the real estate analytics firm CoreLogic.

This should — but won’t — be the final nail in the coffin of two arguments:

  1. The Community Reinvestment Act was the cause of all our woes.
  2. Fannie and Freddie were the cause of all our woes.

It’s highly unlikely — if not outright impossible — that CRA, Fannie, or Freddie to have had a hand in any of these now-sour loans. The CRA/FNM/FRE argument has been rebutted here and elsewhere more times than I can count, yet it has always refused to die. Now, perhaps, we can close the book on it and move on.

Unlikely, I know, but I can always hope.


See Also:
We’re Moving On Up! To the Top! To that Deluxe….
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We’re All Subprime Now And Forever

Rich Defaulting on Mortgages At Highest Rate
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Jingle mail datapoint of the day
Felix Salmon

Ruthless Rich Dumping Mortgages
Outside The Beltway

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