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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Housing/Subprime/Credit Roundup — June 4, 2008

Items of Interest:

Wall Street Journal:
Ed McMahon May Lose Beverly Hills Home -- Ed McMahon, the longtime sidekick to television star Johnny Carson, faces the possible loss of his Beverly Hills home to a foreclosure action initiated by a unit of Countrywide Financial Corp.

Howard Bragman, a spokesman for Mr. McMahon, said late Tuesday that his client is having "very fruitful discussions" with the lender and hopes to find a resolution. It isn't clear whether that would allow the 85-year-old Mr. McMahon and his wife, Pamela, to remain in the six-bedroom home...

ReconTrust, a unit of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, on Feb. 28 filed a notice of default on a $4.8 million Countrywide loan backed by Mr. McMahon's home. The notice was filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office but hasn't previously come to light. According to the filing, Mr. McMahon was then about $644,000 in arrears on the loan...

Wall Street Journal:
Family Narrowly Skirts Foreclosure -- Scenes from the Mortgage Mess: A close look at a how California homeowners pulled off a short sale...
Housing Wire:
Mortgage Applications Hit 6-Year Low as Rates Surge: MBA - Applications for mortgages stumbled to their lowest level in six years last week as rates on fixed-rate mortgages surged, according to data released Wednesday morning by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The association’s composite index, which covers purchase and refinancing activity, fell 15.3 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis to 502.3 for the week ended May 30, from a reading of 593.3 one week earlier. Applications were off 20.3 percent compared to the same week one year earlier...

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