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Ruth Simon over at the Wall Street Journal put up the following excellent article regarding recent comments by Eric Rosengren, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston:

Many borrowers with subprime mortgages have reasonably good credit and may be able to refinance into a less costly mortgage by taking advantage of government programs, Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said in a speech this morning.

Pulling from research conducted by members of the bank’s staff, Mr. Rosengren noted that 55% of subprime adjustable-rate mortgages, where the owner occupied the home, hadn’t missed a mortgage payment in the past year. That translates to about 1.2 million borrowers.

“These subprime borrowers may meet the credit standards required for FHA [Federal Housing Administration] guarantees or for similar state programs, with potentially a significant savings,” Mr. Rosengren said in his speech, delivered in Boston at a breakfast sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth. In addition, half of borrowers nationally — and 71% of those in New England — had “reasonable credit scores” of above 620 when they took out their mortgage. (Read the full speech.)

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