Lower credit scores disappear from housing market: Fed governor

At one time, only lenders ran credit reports; but, in today’s world, employers, insurance companies and utility companies use credit reports and credit scores when making decisions. A good credit score will open doors and save a person money through lower interest rates and insurance premiums. A low credit score will have the opposite effect, and those with low scores may find themselves paying much higher prices for services and loans.

An increase in refinancing isn’t likely to have a big impact on the housing market. have low credit scores, said Paul Havemann, vice president at HSH Associates, a publisher of consumer-loan data.

They claim that the Fed kept interest rates too low following the 2001 recession, The housing bubble then led to the credit crunch. Then-Chairman Alan Greenspan disputes this interpretation. He points out that the Fed’s control over the long-term interest rates critics have in mind is only indirect.

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Under the law, banks are graded on how much credit they provide to low. scores that will enable them to succeed in obtaining mortgage credit on favorable terms,” said Fed Gov. Lael Brainard, in a.

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The L.A. Times reported the results of a study that found homeowners with high credit scores at the time of entering a mortgage are 50% more likely to "strategically default" – abruptly and intentionally pull the plug and abandon the mortgage – compared with lower-scoring borrowers. Such strategic defaults were heavily concentrated in markets.

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