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Monday, September 19, 2011

"The bigger the loan, the longer to foreclose"

by Calculated Risk on 9/19/2011 01:10:00 PM

From Eric Wolff at the North County Times: The bigger the loan, the longer to foreclose

When it comes to foreclosing, lenders see some delinquent homeowners as more equal than others.

Mortgage debt of more than a half-million dollars seems to get lenders to look the other way for an extra month compared with those who owe far less, according to a North County Times analysis of foreclosure records.
"Just like any other business, when you have larger losses, you're going to be more cautious when you make any decisions than with a smaller loss," said Dustin Hobbs, a spokesman for the California Mortgage Bankers Association, an industry group. "There's no policy in place at any of the servicers I talked to ---- not anything top down."
Eric Wolff discusses several possible reasons including accounting rules, legal issues and lenders being more careful with larger loan amounts.