Louisiana has seen the strongest decline in "slam-dunk" mortgage lending nationwide during the last half year, a consumer Web site reported today. Nationwide, mortgage applications that are approved with a minimum of underwriting fuss accounted for 66.6 percent of the last six month's application volume. That was down from 68.7 percent for the prior six months, according to HomeSmartReports.com. In Louisiana the "slam-dunk" category accounted for 59.5 percent of mortgages, down from 70 percent. Louisiana's 10.5 percent decline was followed by South Dakota with 8.2 percent, Mississippi with 8.1 percent, Vermont with 7.1 percent and Florida with 6.7 percent. "These are the home loans that lending institutions are comfortable making because the collateral for the loan, the home itsel...
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