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They’re Back!!! Here Comes The Interest-only Mortgage … Again!

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The housing bubble in the US generated demand for affordable mortgage products. As home prices rose relative to household income, lenders offered new mortgage products such as NINJA (no income, no job) loans, pic’a’pay loans (where you chose whether to make the full payment due, only pay the interest due or skip a payment entirely), and some non-vanilla adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) products. Not to mention loans to borrowers with less than good credit (aka, subprime borrowers).

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Real median household income fell from 1999 through 2004 as real home prices skyrocketed thus creating an affordable housing squeeze.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made residential lending for non-vanilla loan type problematic, particularly with their ability to repay rules.

But lenders responded with mortgage loan products that are “off-vanilla.”

I give you the interest-only mortgage from SoFi, that claims to be “a modern finance company that’s fueling the shift to a bankless world.”

“Put as little as 15% down on mortgages up to $3 million. Pay just interest for the first 10 years of the 40-year 7/1 ARM* loan. No mortgage insurance or origination fees.”

It is a variation of AEI’s Wealth Building Mortgage (a 20 year 7/1 ARM loan), but in reverse. While the AEI WBM mortgage can be as low as 0% down, the SoFi mortgage requires at least 15% down.

Then we have Bank of America partnering with Freddie Mac for a 3% down loan program aimed for low and moderate income (LMI) households.

So as home prices begin rising AGAIN relative to household income, we will see more mortgage loan offerings of the 0-3% down type along with innovations such as interest only mortgages, if only for the first ten years of a 40 year mortgage.


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