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Unlocking Homeownership Potential

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Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings spoke to MReport on how Carrington is helping this set of borrowers achieve their dream of homeownership and the difference between non-prime loans and the subprime loans issued prior to the Great Recession.

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A Tale of Two Decades

In many ways the last 10 years have been the worst and best of times for the housing market. MReport dissects a decade that began with the housing market crash, and slowly recovered through evolving mortgage processes, emerging technologies, and new regulations. This select print feature originally appeared in the January issue of MReport, available now.

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Study Suggests Pre- and Post-Crisis Lending Discrimination in Twin Cities

According to a report put out Wednesday by University of Minnesota’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO), Twin Cities lenders have been treating minority mortgage applicants unequally for 10 years—first by originating an inordinate number of subprime loans to minority borrowers before the crash and then by disproportionately limiting credit access to those same communities.

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Nonprime Arena Gains Another Competitor

According to a company release, Carrington has lowered its minimum credit requirements to a FICO score of 550 and expanded its guidelines on certain loan programs under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), extending eligibility to more property types and reducing overlays.

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Mortgage Risk Down Slightly; Remains Nearly Double Sustainable Levels

The American Enterprise Institute's National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI), a measure of loans’ default risk under stressful conditions, retreated to 11.6 percent last month from January’s reading of 11.8 percent. To gauge where February’s index lies historically, 1990 vintage loans would have an estimated index value of 6 percent, while riskier 2007 loans would be up at 19 percent.

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Regulator Calls Nationstar on ‘Explosive Growth’

A regulator who recently took actions to curb growth at Ocwen has now turned his eye to Nationstar. In a letter addressed to the company, Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of New York's Department of Financial Services, said his agency has concerns "that the explosive growth at Nationstart and other nonbank mortgage servicers may create capacity issues that put homeowners at risk."

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Credit Risk Down to Post-Crash Low

TransUnion released its Credit Risk Index (CRI) Wednesday, concluding that credit risk dropped at the end of 2013 to the lowest level since 2005. "With credit risk at such low levels, there is a possibility that consumers in higher risk segments may see more credit offers, as some lenders decide they have the room in their profit models to take on greater risk," said Ezra Becker, VP of research and consulting for TransUnion.

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