Tag Archives: banking

Taxi Medallions As A Proxy For The Way Technology Can Disrupt Whole Industries

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An April 2015 headline here told the story of the onslaught that faced the traditional taxi industry from technology-driven competitors like Uber and Lyft… ‘Because Of Uber, Are Taxi Medallion Lenders A Shorting Opportunity?‘ ‘In other words is the competition from Uber decreasing the demand for taxi medallions causing the price of the medallions to drop […]

Condominium Lenders Standing: Mortgage Liens Versus Condo Board Liens!

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This article, by way of the New York Law Journal, examines the section of real estate law covering condo mortgage loans and the standing of a lenders lien vis-a’-vis certain condo board liens in the event a borrower ceases to pay! ‘Condominium Loans and Lien Priority‘ by Jeffrey B. Steiner and Jason R. Goldstein Counsel to real estate […]

Wells Fargo: Systemic Problems Or A Bank That’s Simply Too Big To Be Run Well?

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Is the Wells Fargo bogus bank account fiasco a one-off problem or symptom of a systemic problem with the way in which the bank is being run? Well the truth is that whether the problem at Wells Fargo is an ongoing and systemic one or simply a matter of a bank with business interests so […]

Free Lunch – This Time It’s Different or History Repeats Itself?

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Summary: With easy money coming back into the market, borrowers who should not be borrowing getting loans and the economy at a tipping point is the history of the financial crisis about to repeat itself? Will the return to ‘easier’ lending practices in markets spanning mortgages, student loans and used cars pose a problem? Problem for the […]

CoreLogic January 2016 National Foreclosure Report!

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Courtesy of CoreLogic, this article contains most everything you wanted to know about U.S. residential property foreclosures! The report was created by, and is posted with, the permission of CoreLogic, a data and analytics company. The January 2016 National Foreclosure Report shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 21.7 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 16.2 percent compared with January […]

Subprime Mortgages: Are Auto Loan Delinquencies Waving A Yellow Caution Flag!

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As mortgage loans originated to subprime borrowers are once again on the rise, so too is the delinquency rate for subprime auto loans! So for the buyers of securities backed by either subprime mortgages or auto loans as well as for the banks originating these loans, is there a cause for concern? In other words are we […]

Dodd-Frank And CMBS – Lenders Will Soon Be Required To ‘Eat Their Own Cooking’!

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What’s better for a lender than underwriting a commercial mortgage loan, packaging it with other loans and then selling it to investors? Any inherent risk of loan default, after the time it may take to sell the security off course, would be passed off to the investor that buys it. What we saw during the financial […]

The Ten Commandments For Homebuyers And Mortgage Applicants!

The desire to buy a home is all well and good but, unless it’s an all-cash transaction, financial decision-making is critically important! Post-financial crisis the underwriting methodology and criteria for residential mortgage loans swung in the exact opposite direction from where they had been in the go-go years of real estate. Before the financial crisis and in […]

Forget FICO Scores? ‘Homeownership is an integral part of the American Dream’!

Hmmmm…Where and when have I heard the phrase “Home ownership is an integral part of the American Dream?” before? Was it in statements concerning the Community Redevelopment Act (CRA)* and that period in American history leading up to the great financial crisis of 2008? A time in residential real estate when basically anyone with a pulse could be […]

Derivatives 101: Great Financial Tool Or Sinister Financial Time Bomb?

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Derivatives…Derivatives? D-E-R-I-V-A-T-I-V-E-S! Most if not everyone who reads this article has heard the term derivatives at some point in time. And when they have, it’s likely been in the context of how these financial instruments that are not typically seen and not really understood by the masses are actually fiscal time bombs that, if ever detonated, could bring […]