December 2006

Homeownership Preservation - Volume 18, Issue 3

This issue of Community Investments is a special issue on homeownership preservation. Inside, we explore some of the recent trends in homeownership and mortgage lending, with special attention to the risks that have emerged through the increased availability of alternative mortgage products and expansion of the subprime market. The articles also examine policies and programs to prevent foreclosure and summarize the recent regulatory agency guidance on nontraditional mortgage products. We include a perspective from the Center for Responsible Lending, a research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth.

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CI Notebook
Introduction by Scott Turner

Homeownership at High Cost: Recent Trends in the Mortgage Lending Industry
Naomi Cytron and Laura Lanzerotti

Preventing Foreclosure: Initiatives to Sustain Homeownership
Carolina Reid

Calculated Risk: Assessing Nontraditional Mortgage Products
Paul Leonard and Michael Calhoun

Nontraditional Mortgage Guidance
John Olson

Homeownership at High Cost: Foreclosure Risk and High Cost Loans in California
Laura Lanzerotti

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