another republican meme discredited: the cra caused the housing crisis.

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Free Thinker, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. in the worst forclosure states 45% of home sales were to flippers. how did the cra cause that?

    The charts reveal some astonishing facts. At the peak of the boom in 2006, over a third of all U.S. home purchase lending was made to people who already owned at least one house. In the four states with the most pronounced housing cycles, the investor share was nearly half—45 percent.

    Optimistic investors—speculators—used low-down-payment, nonprime credit to place highly leveraged bets on the housing market, perhaps facilitated for some by reporting an intention to live in the house. Because they didn’t have to put much money at risk, these investors were able to continue to buy housing even as prices rose further. All of these developments were especially noticeable in Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada. Longstanding tradition in the mortgage lending business and the predictions of economic models hold that investors will quickly default if prices begin a persistent fall. This is what happened starting in 2006, as the charts below show.



    http://libertystreeteconomics.newyo...estor-speculation-and-the-housing-bubble.html