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What Do We Do Now?

Last month’s article wasn’t meant to frighten anyone. It was simply my way of letting you know what the heck is going on in the mortgage industry and what got the market in the situation we’re in these days. Let me set the tone for this article by mentioning a few things from last month’s: “The market is correcting itself.” “It’s just in a slump.” “Guidelines are changing.” “The industry will always find ways to make home-buying affordable.” Many of you probably ask how can there be options. I personally think things will get back to normal sooner than most think because my idea of normal goes back much farther than anyone who has been in the housing market within the past 5 years as a homeowner, realtor, investor or mortgage loan officer. When I got into this business in 1982, 30 year fixed rate mortgage interest rates commonly   were  in the double digits (something we won’t see). You had to put 10–20 percent down, and pulling equity out of your home was   taboo what we see