Christopher Mayer

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  • New Loan Safeguards Leave Path for Higher-Risk Borrowers

    Nick Wormald, a 29-year-old plumber with good credit, said he was shut out of the housing rebound until he asked the government for help.

  • Professor Puts Ideas in Practice as Reverse-Mortgage CEO

    Columbia Business School Professor Christopher Mayer says he’s so convinced that reverse mortgages can be a cornerstone of responsible retirement planning that he’s gone into the business.

  • Subprime Borrowers With Best Credit Score Denied Help

    Travis Armstrong, a long-haul trucker, has made his mortgage payments for six years and has a credit score of about 800 that would entice most lenders. Because he owes more than his home is worth and his debt lacks federal backing, he’s stuck paying 7.5 percent interest, almost twice the rate of new loans.

  • No Relief for Homeowners Shut Out by U.S.

    Marc and Emily De La Torre would love to lower their mortgage bills to offset the costs of raising their 3-month-old baby. Instead, they’re among millions of Americans left out as the government tries again to make refinancing possible for borrowers with little or no equity.

  • Red Sox Owner to Put Turnaround Savvy to Test With Globe

    Billionaire sports team owner and financier John Henry, who helped the Boston Red Sox capture the World Series in 2004 and 2007 after an 86-year drought, will attempt another comeback with Boston’s hometown newspaper.

  • Obama Answers Bernanke Housing Pleas With Refinancing Proposal: Mortgages

    President Barack Obama answered Ben S. Bernanke’s appeal for more action to fix the U.S. housing market that’s restraining the economic recovery by proposing a plan to help borrowers reduce their monthly mortgage payments.

  • American Dream Slipping as Homeownership at 18-Year Low

    The U.S. homeownership rate, which soared to a record high 69.2 percent in 2004, is back where it was two decades ago, before the housing bubble inflated, busted and ripped more than 7 million Americans from their homes.

  • Banks Increasing Mortgage Forgiveness as Deadline Looms

    Banks that agreed to help troubled borrowers as part of a $25 billion settlement over mishandled foreclosures accelerated efforts as the most generous terms of the deal head toward expiration.

  • Manhattan Luxury Condos Try FHA Backing in `Game Changer'

    Whitney Gollinger, marketing chief for a Manhattan condo building with an outdoor movie theater and panoramic city views, is highlighting a different amenity to spur sales: the financial backing of the federal government.

  • Principal Reductions Won’t Solve the Mortgage Mess

    Edward DeMarco, the temporary director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, continues to endure blistering criticism for refusing to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to pay for large-scale principal reductions for underwater borrowers (those who owe more than their homes are worth) or to facilitate refinancings for those stuck with high interest rate mortgages.

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