Saturday, March 21, 2020

An article at Politico about letting banks help pump some cash into the pandemic scarred economy

Here is the Mercatus Center version:

https://www.mercatus.org/publications/covid-19/get-cash-more-families-need-it-now-give-banks-more-discretion-make-home-equity

Here is the Politico.com version:
https://www.politico.com/news/agenda/2020/03/21/how-mortgages-can-ease-the-downturn-140317

An excerpt:
Certainly, the 2008 financial crisis has created some reasonable fear about mortgage lending. But the dangers that were present in 2008 are not present today. There aren’t millions of recently purchased homes in cities where prices have suddenly doubled in a short period of time. Most borrowers will be long-time homeowners who braved the worst housing market in nearly a century and managed to hold on. In other words, unlike the housing bubble, these borrowers won’t be na├»ve new buyers speculating on a frenzied market; they will be established homeowners seeking financial safety during a pandemic. If ever there was a time to suspend the post-crisis regulatory framework, that time is now.

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