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Speculators Make Up Bulk of Mortgage Defaults

August 31 2007
People who bought houses as an investment rather than to live in them make up an important proportion of mortgage
defaults, a survey showed on Friday, casting a clearer light on the role of investors in the current credit crisis. The survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) quoted by the Wall Street Journal found that in Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada, between 21% and 32% of defaults on prime-quality home loans were by people who did not occupy the properties. Overdue payments are piling up in the four states, and defaults were high on both prime and subprime loans, the WSJ said.


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