Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

September 24, 2015

Mortgage Market, Hiding in Plain Sight

By David Reiss

I blogged about the Center for Responsible Lending’s take on the 2014 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data yesterday.  The mere act of aggregating this data reveals so much about the state of the mortgage market. Today I am digging into … Continue reading

April 3, 2015

Seismic Shift in Lending?

By David Reiss

Researchers at the American Enterprise Institute’s International Center on Housing Risk have posted a study that shows a “seismic shift in lending away from large banks to nonbanks.” (1) The key takeaways are The dramatic decline in agency market share … Continue reading

January 22, 2015

Kroll on Mortgage Performance

By David Reiss

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency has issued an update of its residential mortgage-backed securities model methodology, Residential Mortgage Default and Loss Model. Before the financial crisis, ratings models seemed to be very reliable, data-driven models of probity and caution. We … Continue reading

September 30, 2014

Cool Mortgage Tool

By David Reiss

The Urban Institute has created a cool interactive tool to map mortgages in the United States. Enterprise describes the tool as follows: it maps 12 years of data on more than 100 million mortgage originations throughout the U.S. by race … Continue reading

July 23, 2013

Shadowed by the Shadow Inventory

By David Reiss

My former colleague at Seton Hall, Linda Fisher, has posted Shadowed by the Shadow Inventory:  A Newark, New Jersey Case Study of Stalled Foreclosures & Their Consequences on SSRN. The paper presents the findings of a small, but interesting empirical … Continue reading

July 8, 2013

State of the Nation’s Housing 2013: Build It and They Will Come

By David Reiss

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released The State of the Nation’s Housing 2013.  As always there is much of interest in this annual report. I was particularly intrigued by Figure 21 on page 20, “The Government … Continue reading

February 22, 2013

Do Foreclosures Cause Crime?

By David Reiss

The Furman Center says yes.  The Center conducted an empirical study in New York City and found that “foreclosure activity appears to be linked to subsequent crime” if “there have been three or more foreclosure notices issued on a blockface.” … Continue reading