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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MBA CEO: "Can't Modify Mortgage with No Income"

by Calculated Risk on 10/13/2009 07:54:00 PM

“You can’t modify someone if they don’t have income or a job. We have to be realistic going forward. If we are going to play a numbers game, we are going to see a smaller percentage of borrowers in default able to be modified. It’s an unfortunate and difficult fact we are going to have to face.”
John Courson, president and CEO of the MBA, Oct 13, 2009.
Quote from Denver Business Journal: MBA: Creative efforts needed to deal with foreclosures

Maybe those NINJA loans weren't such a good idea either? (No income, no job and no assets)

The MBA also released their economic forecast for 2010: MBA Expects Economic Growth to Slow in First Half of 2010 Before Picking Up in Second Half, Originations Volume to Hit $1.5 Trillion
MBA expects economic growth to continue through the rest of 2009 before slowing in the first half of 2010. Unemployment is expected to climb to 10.2 percent by the middle of 2010 before beginning to moderate as economic growth resumes sustained growth in the second half of the year.
Although I think this is optimistic, it does highlight a key point.

The key drivers of positive growth in the second half of 2009 are inventory restocking, growth in residential investment (some increase in single family starts from the very depressed levels earlier this year), exports, and the fiscal stimulus.

The impact of the fiscal stimulus will wane in early 2010 (the stimulus won't add to GDP because it is at the peak level right about now, and will act as a drag later in 2010 as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act starts to wind down).

Inventory restocking is transitory, and without an increase in end demand, inventory investment will slow.

And any growth in residential investment will probably be sluggish, as Fed Vice Chairman Kohn noted today.

I guess that leaves exports ... but I suspect any growth in early 2010 will be very sluggish.