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Stricter Credit Restrictions Could Hurt Housing Recovery

David Andrew 5/11/18

During the U.S. housing bubble, lenders were giving out too many mortgages to unqualified borrowers, which eventually led to a market crash.

To bring the market back under control, lenders put in tighter credit restrictions.

While this move is understandable, a new study from the National Association of Realtors suggests tighter credit restrictions could be blocking out qualified borrowers and hurting the housing recovery.

For this study, researchers gave surveys to new home buyers and sellers across the country. One of these surveys looked at whether buyers were married or not.

In 2013, 66 percent of new home buyers were married. This is up from 58 percent in 2010.

“In 2013, 66 percent of new

home buyers were married.”

Since 2010, lenders set new restrictions that favored married couples with two incomes over individuals, so it makes sense the market shifted this way.

However, Lawrence Yun, the chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, worries this shift is too dramatic. Before 2010, trends only moved by a percentage point or two each year.

Since the market shifted so much toward favoring married buyers, Yun suspects some qualified single buyers are being blocked from financing.

This could hurt the recovery because America still needs new buyers, especially as mortgage interest rates start going up.

While the long-term impact of this result is still uncertain, lenders should keep this information in mind as they design credit restrictions.

Single buyers should also be aware they might be at a disadvantage when they apply for a mortgage loan.

Source: realtybiznews.com. Photo source: frugalguruguide.com

About David Andrew
David Andrew is a former New York Life financial adviser, holding Series 6 and Certified Financial Planner credentials from his years with the company. He also holds degrees in economics and finance from McGill University. David is now a well-published finance writer with special expertise in credit cards and auto insurance. In addition to his work on BadCredit.org, his articles have been featured on eHow, Zacks.com, TheNest.com, Chron.com and other popular sites. When he's not keeping up with the latest news in the world of finance, David enjoys playing tennis and golf.
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