Sunday, April 11, 2010

How many loans are non-recourse?

In California (and other states), purchase money home mortgages are non-recourse loans--if a bank accepts the keys from a borrower, it cannot then go after the borrower for any difference in value between the house and the loan outstanding.

But as I learned from Paul Willen this weekend, once a loan is refinanced, it is no longer a non-recourse loan. For borrowers who have no assets to speak of, the difference doesn't matter much. But for others, the difference is large.

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