7 lessons to navigate housing storm

Broker shares survival, success strategies

It seems like just a few months ago that unqualified buyers were purchasing overpriced homes for no money down and approved for a mortgage with no closing costs they could not afford, supported by "made-as-instructed" appraisals.

Overpriced condominium developments sold out in a weekend to buyers who just wanted to brag about owning one, or so it seemed.

Those who obtained a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage seemed embarrassed to admit it to their much smarter friends, who bought with a first and second mortgage and had nothing invested.