Last year, when the Sub Prime market was imploding, there was a lot of talk about how FHA, a Government backed loan, was going to be the new Sub Prime. It hasn’t worked out quite that way. In fact, the real truth is that FHA is the new conventional mortgage. Sub Prime mortgages were loans for borrowers who couldn’t qualify for the more stringent conventional guidelines. This often meant borrowers who had credit problems, or it could mean borrowers who couldn’t prove their income. The thing about Sub Prime loans is they were profitable for the lenders (if they got rid of them quickly). These loans were often structured as 2 or 3 year adjustable rate mortgages, and they were priced several points higher than a conventional fixed rate would be. When the market was hot, defaults were low, so these loans were money machines for the lenders who offered…

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