Is it ethical for real estate and mortgage brokers to ignore the inherent risks of so-called exotic mortgages in order to help more people buy their own homes? The answer, arguably, is no. Granted, higher house prices and mortgage interest rates have made home-buying much more difficult in recent years, and it would have been impossible for many new homeowners to have bought a home without some of the more creative loan products that are now available. It's no surprise that these mortgages have become quite popular, even though borrowers who can't manage to make the higher payments in later years face a financial crisis and potential loss of their home. Two examples of these newer, nontraditional mortgages are interest-only and payment-option loans. An interest-only mortgage defe...
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