Credit Tightening vs. Credit Crunch

Apparently even U.S. senators are having trouble getting mortgage credit at less than a 100-basis point premium. We need a new political mortgage market adage:

Credit tightening: When a senator’s constituents have trouble getting mortgages at less than a 100-basis-point premium

Credit crunch: When a senator can’t get a mortgage at less than a 100-basis-point premium

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  3. FDIC Organizes LTCM-Style Meeting Over Subprime
  4. Jim Grant on Credit Markets
  5. Bear Stearns and Credit Markets


  1. Mike B says:

    Sanchez’s rant was ridiculous. I notice that she didn’t even end up asking Ben a question. I bet the reason she had a 100 basis point premium over what was in the paper was due to the fact she was trying to get a jumbo loan.
    Also, she is a rep not a senator.