Foreclosed: High-risk Lending, Deregulation, and the Undermining of America's Mortgage Market

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Cornell University Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 251 pages

In 2007 and 2008, the United States has observed, with some horror, the explosion and collapse of entire segments of the housing market, especially those driven by subprime and alternative or "exotic" home mortgage lending. Foreclosed explains the rise of high-risk lending and why these newer types of loans—and their associated regulatory infrastructure—failed in substantial ways. Dan Immergluck narrates the boom in subprime and exotic loans, recounting how financial innovations and deregulation facilitated excessive risk-taking, and how these loans have harmed different populations and communities.

Immergluck, who has been working, researching, and writing on issues tied to housing finance and neighborhood change for almost twenty years, has an intimate knowledge of the promotion of homeownership and the history of mortgages in the United States. The changes to the mortgage market over the past fifteen years—including the securitization of mortgages and the failure of regulators to maintain control over a much riskier array of mortgage products—led, he finds, inexorably to the current crisis.

After describing the development of generally stable and risk-limiting mortgage markets throughout much of the twentieth century, Foreclosed details how federal policy-makers failed to regulate the new high-risk lending markets that arose in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The book also examines federal, state, and local efforts to deal with the mortgage and foreclosure crisis of 2007 and 2008. Immergluck draws upon his wealth of experience to provide an overarching set of principles and a detailed set of policy recommendations for "righting the ship" of U.S. housing finance in ways that will promote affordable yet sustainable homeownership as an option for a broad set of households and communities.

The 2011 paperback edition features a new preface by the author addressing the ongoing global economic crisis and the impact of U.S. financial reform efforts on the mortgage system.


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Preface to the Paperback Edition
Housing Finance Ideology and the Rise of HighRisk Mortgage Markets
US Mortgage Market Development and Federal Policy to the Early 1990s
Mortgage Market Disparities and the Dual Regulatory System in the Twentieth Century
The HighRisk Revolution
Mortgage Market Breakdown
The Economic and Social Costs of HighRisk Mortgage Lending
HighRisk Lending and Public Policy 19952008
Policies for Fair Affordable and Sustainable Mortgage Markets
Author Biography

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Dan Immergluck is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author most recently of Credit to the Community: Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending Policy in the U.S. Immergluck has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, federal agencies, and state and local legislative bodies.

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