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1 Residential Mortgage Financing in the United States
Chapter 4 Residential Mortgage Financing in the United States © OnCourse Learning

2 Chapter 4 Learning Objectives
Understand how residential lending evolved from the earliest of times through World War II Understand how forces in the economic environment, especially inflationary factors, resulted in changes in both the types of institutions writing mortgages and the types of mortgages available. Understand the development of residential mortgage lending through time © OnCourse Learning

3 Pre-Americans Developments
Roman Law Initially the instrument used in RE loans was termed “fudicia” which provided that title and possession of the property be held by the lender until repayment. “Pigus” – title and possession remain with the borrower; no transfer of title. Lender could take title and possession under “a suspicion of the probability of default.” “Hypotheca” – similar to “pigus;” No transfer of title or possession. Lender could take title only under actual default. © OnCourse Learning

4 Pre-Americans Developments
German Influence German law recognized the concept of “gage” – a deposit made to fulfill an agreement Borrower could physically deliver portable property as a gage – “live gage.” Real property (not transportable) – a “dead gage.” In case of default when collateral was dead gage the lender could take possession, but could not look beyond the gage for relief. © OnCourse Learning

5 Pre-Americans Developments
English Developments Gage system introduces in 1066. Dead gage in French – mort gage. Concept of usury in that charging interest was sinful Equitable right of redemption - allowing borrower to redeem the property after default Equitable right of redemption used today in all states Some states, by statute, grant an additional period of time during which the mortgagor can redeem the property – statutory right of redemption. © OnCourse Learning

6 American Residential Finance – Early American History
U.S. law is a mix of Roman, German and English law Early expansion Little need for lending Some building societies formed to consolidate funds for home buying Post-Civil War Increased mortgage lending to finance westward expansion Typical loan was short-term, interest-only (called nonamortizing) and covered 40 – 50% of the value of the property © OnCourse Learning

7 American Residential Finance – Early American History
Early 1900s through 1920s Federal Reserve in 1913 allowed banks to write 5-year, 50% loan-to-value ratio, non-amortizing mortgages During early 1920s building and loan associations expanded rapidly During early 1920s real estate prices rose rapidly After 1929 market crash, real estate prices dropped dramatically © OnCourse Learning

8 American Residential Finance – Early American History: 1930s
Market crash in 1929 ushered in the Great Depression Property values fell to about half of the 1928 level. Banking system collapsed, money supply plummeted, unemployment soared Refinancing short-term, non-amortizing loans became a problem © OnCourse Learning

9 American Residential Finance – Early American History: 1930s
Many states passed legislation enacting moratoriums on foreclosures. A number of federal agencies created including Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC in 1933); Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBS, 1932),Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC, 1933), Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC, 1934), Federal Housing Administration (FHA, 1934), and Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA or Fannie Mae, 1938). © OnCourse Learning

10 Modern Residential Finance – The 1940s
Preoccupied with World War Two Veterans Administration created The Veteran’s Administration was given authority to develop a mortgage insurance program, similar to that of the FHA. © OnCourse Learning

11 Modern Residential Finance – The 1950s
Decade of S&L expansion and stability S&L associations enjoyed greatest growth in mortgage lending; commercial banks’ share in mortgage lending declined, but recovered in the 1980s. In 1950s over 50% of all mortgage debt was held by depository institutions © OnCourse Learning

12 Modern Residential Finance – The 1950s
Large difference between the maturity of the institution’s assets and liabilities due to wide acceptance on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage – maturity mismatch Increased interest rate risk because of fixed-rate mortgages Problem exacerbated by the lack of prepayment penalties on mortgages. Due to stable inflation and interest rate environment, maturity mismatch was not a serious problem © OnCourse Learning

13 The 1960s: Inflation, Disintermediation and Rise of the Secondary Mortgage Market
Period of rising inflation up to 6.1 % in 1969. Treasuries – attractive investment alternative due to high Treasury yields. © OnCourse Learning

14 The 1960s Disintermediation in 1966 (during the “credit crunch”) and 1969 Thrifts’ rate significantly lower that the yield on short-term Treasuries In 1968 the Truth in Lending Act passed to assure a meaningful disclosure of credit terms and costs allowing borrowers to avoid abuse lending practices and shop for mortgages Development of secondary mortgage market – securities and bought and sold after their origination © OnCourse Learning

15 The 1970s: FRMs in an Inflationary Environment
By 1979 inflation rate reached 13.3%; Increased volatility of the annual rate of inflation Demand problems: Rise in long term rates →less affordable mortgages → real mortgage cost increased in the early period of the loan and decreased in later part – “tilt” effect Supply problems: maturity mismatch structure of financial intermediaries. © OnCourse Learning

16 The 1970s Introduction of alternative mortgage instruments (AMIs)
Graduated-payment mortgage (GPM) – lower initial payment; initial negative amortization Shared appreciation mortgage (SAM) Adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) Price level adjusted mortgage (PLAM) – initial rate = real rate Continued growth of the secondary market Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to grow and by 1980 held or guaranteed >1/5 of all mortgage debt outstanding © OnCourse Learning

17 1980s: Deregulation, Growth in AMIs and Thrifts Crises
Depository Institutions Deregulations and Monetary Control Act (MCA) passed in 1980 Removed rate ceiling on some deposits The Garn-St. Germain Act (1982) introduced competition and incentives for risk-taking © OnCourse Learning

18 The 1980s FSLIC forbearance by allowing troubled institutions to continue to undertake risky investments Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) passed in 1989 Widespread S&Ls failures due to deregulation and maturity mismatch issue. © OnCourse Learning

19 1990s: The Dominance of the Secondary Mortgage Market
Domination of government-sponsored enterprises (GNMA, FNMA and FHLMC) and secondary mortgage market Increased share of mortgage bankers in mortgage originations Increased standardization of loan documents and evaluation processed © OnCourse Learning

20 The 1990s Baby boomers trading up increasing demand for up- scale housing Mortgage lending – national in scope Low mortgage interest rates – refinancing “craze” In 1995 risk-based guidelines expanded to cover interest rate risk. © OnCourse Learning

21 2000s: Period of Extremes Housing market craze in the 2000s – Single-family homes entered the speculative investment market Mortgage lending standards relaxed By 2006, housing prices have risen >80% from their 2000 level. Rapid growth of secondary mortgage market through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Wall Street Aggressive buying of subprime and Alt-A mortgages and MBS by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. © OnCourse Learning

22 2000s: Period of Extremes In 2007 sharp drop in prices across the US – due to weakening economy and high inventories of unsold homes. Rising delinquencies due to negative equity and large subprime market Collapse in 2008 of several Wall Street investment firms and take over of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the government. Changing market as house prices fell and lenders tightened standards © OnCourse Learning

23 2000s: Period of Extremes (2007-2012)
Borrowers began to show willingness to walk away from speculative housing investments S&P downgraded large number of residential mortgage securities as toxic mortgage debt poisoned the global financial system Rebound in housing prices in the end of the 2000s decade; historically low interest rates © OnCourse Learning


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