The post-crisis housing market is in the midst of some major changes, and many of them are very positive in nature. Millennials are beginning to buy their first homes, and according to recent news, banks are starting to offer mortgage loans to their patrons.
What Put the Banks Out of the Business?
During the housing crisis, the government was very quick to dole out new regulations that hit banks pretty hard. What’s more, if you think about it, there wasn’t much profit in mortgage loans for banks in the first place. They essentially backed out of offering mortgages for two reasons. First, the government was the only buyer for the mortgages that the banks originated and wanted to sell. Second, banks simply didn’t want the hassle of regulations and the possibility of penalties when it came to products that didn’t really make them much money from the start.