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Why home-ownership shortcuts will lead to longer recovery

Guest perspective: An insider's view on the subprime mess

Editor's note: Steven Krystofiak offers an insider's take on what's been unfolding in the subprime mortgage industry. But he is no industry apologist. Stay tuned for a series of articles from Krystofiak on Inman News in coming weeks. Every year there is a natural progression of future first-time home buyers, usually consisting of people in their late 20s to mid-30s. These people have obtained financial stability with savings and steady employment, which is a healthy precursor to buying a first home. In recent years far too many people took popular shortcuts to obtain their homes. These shortcuts are in stark contrast to healthy real estate practices that have a long, traditional, proven track record. In many cases, these new highly popular loan products were the only way for first-time home buyers to obtain a home. These shortcuts were misnamed "affordability products" and would have been better described as "obtain-ability products." Long-term affordability, which should be a goal ...