Hefty down payments not the answer to fixing mortgage mess
The National Urban League Wire
Published: Wed. Jan 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Updated: Wed. Jan 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Comments: 0

The Washington Post: Hefty down payments not the answer to fixing mortgage mess

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During a recent financial workshop I conducted at my church, I met a single mother who couldn’t afford her mortgage.

She and I talked about her options, which included selling her two-bedroom townhouse and moving into an affordable apartment or getting a roommate. But while speaking with her, I had to suppress my anger.

I was angry with the lender that approved her interest-only loan. It’s true that the young woman should have realized that once her mortgage was adjusted to include principal, her monthly payment would crush her budget. It now takes more than half her monthly income to pay the mortgage, which leaves little room for her to save or cover her other expenses.But having worked with so many homeowners in her predicament, I understand that the desire to have a home overrode the financial sense she needed to realize that in the long term, the mortgage would be too much to handle. She was trying to better herself by buying a home. She had the right intentions, so I have compassion for her and her situation.

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