Former CFPB director Richard Cordray’s take on foreclosures
In today’s Daily Download episode, HW+ Managing Editor Brena Nath discusses former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray‘s take on whether or not the U.S. housing industry views foreclosures as a last resort.
For some background on the story, here’s a summary of his recent HousingWire [PULSE] article:
Markets are shaped by the forces of supply and demand, buying and selling, and how they come into some sort of balance. Markets that operate properly tend toward a discernable equilibrium that is predictable and sustainable. But many things can disturb this equilibrium. We might say, paradoxically, that market forces are fragile in being liable to disturbances, but once disturbed they have a powerful tendency to recover an eventual balance.
But economic markets differ in the mechanisms that restore them to equilibrium after any notable disturbance. Some markets experience greater frictions that slow their recovery. In the pure models of academic economists, prices immediately (or at least quickly) adjust to achieve balance among buyers and sellers, the mathematics take their own course, and equilibrium is restored as the natural and seemingly inevitable state of the market.
As the Great Recession showed, however, that does not happen in any serious dislocation of the housing market. When a borrower falls behind on the mortgage, there is one ultimate method for collecting on the unpaid debt: foreclosure.
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HousingWire articles covered in this episode: