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Speech
Observations on housing, lending, and foreclosure prevention.

Presented by Eric S. Rosengren, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, at the Citizens? Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) 41st Annual Dinner and Meeting, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, October 16, 2008
Speech , Paper 19

Discussion Paper
Subprime mortgages, foreclosures, and urban neighborhoods

This paper analyzes the impact of the subprime crisis on urban neighborhoods in Massachusetts. The topic is explored using a dataset that matches race and income information from HMDA with property-level, transaction data from Massachusetts registry of deeds offices. With these data, we show that much of the subprime lending in the state was concentrated in urban neighborhoods and that minority homeownerships created with subprime mortgages have proven exceptionally unstable in the face of rapid price declines. The evidence from Massachusetts suggests that subprime lending did not, as is ...
Public Policy Discussion Paper , Paper 08-6

Journal Article
Around New England

Do third party originators have the tools they need to serve low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and home buyers? How can lenders and real estate brokerage firms ensure they are providing good service to all their customers?
Communities and Banking , Issue Fall , Pages 14

Journal Article
Servicer performance in processing HAMP loan modifications: a survey of Massachusetts-based counseling agencies

The Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) attempts to help homeowners avoid foreclosure by compensating servicers that allow borrowers to modify the terms of their mortgages. To understand the seemingly troubled HAMP process, the Community Development unit of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank of Boston administered surveys to loan-modification counselors. The results indicate that the process takes much longer than the guidelines indicate and that servicers frequently claim the applications are incomplete. The surveys were run twice to assess any improvements.
New England Community Developments

Journal Article
Massachusetts mortgage summit issues recommendations

In April 2007, the Massachusetts Division of Banks reported on the recommendations of its mortgage summit. The summit brought together a wide range of stakeholders to develop concrete responses to the problem of rising foreclosures. This article describes the collaborative process used in the mortgage summit and the recommendations issued. These recommendations illustrate a number of possible remedies to limit foreclosures and their impact on consumers and communities.
New England Community Developments

Working Paper
Subprime outcomes: risky mortgages, homeownership experiences, and foreclosures

This paper provides the first rigorous assessment of the homeownership experiences of subprime borrowers. We consider homeowners who used subprime mortgages to buy their homes, and estimate how often these borrowers end up in foreclosure. In order to evaluate these issues, we analyze homeownership experiences in Massachusetts over the 1989?2007 period using a competing risks, proportional hazard framework. We present two main findings. First, homeownerships that begin with a subprime purchase mortgage end up in foreclosure almost 20 percent of the time, or more than 6 times as often as ...
Working Papers , Paper 07-15

Discussion Paper
Understanding foreclosures in Massachusetts

Recent increases in foreclosure rates in New England and other parts of the United States are raising concerns. Distressful for individual borrowers and potentially destabilizing for their communities, the negative effects of foreclosures flow beyond the impact on housing markets and the financial consequences for creditors. Public officials, lenders, current and potential homeowners, community organizations, and other stakeholders are paying careful attention. ; In low- and moderate-income communities in New England, community leaders view current trends as especially worrisome. Among ...
Public and Community Affairs Discussion Papers , Paper 2007-1

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