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If Bernanke Wants to Refinance, Maybe He Needs a Co-Signer?

If Bernanke Wants to Refinance, Maybe He Needs a Co-Signer?

By: Kristie D. Kully, Laurence E. Platt

While former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be known for his loose monetary policy, unfortunately his mortgage lender is not. According to Bloomberg News, Mr. Bernanke complained (while addressing a conference of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care in Chicago on October 2) that he was recently unable to refinance his mortgage loan.

Although Mr. Bernanke reportedly remarked that “it’s entirely possible” that lenders “may have gone a little bit too far on mortgage credit conditions,” it’s hard to blame lenders. Mr. Bernanke may seem to be a good credit risk, but a lender that follows the underwriting standards mandated by the federal Qualified Mortgage (“QM”) regulations can’t make a loan to just anyone.
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