Looser Lending Had Upside: New Homeowners

Subprime loans are likely to put upwards of a million Americans out of their homes through foreclosures. The payments on many of these unorthodox adjustable rate mortgages are going through the roof and homeowners can't afford them.

But at the same time, looser lending standards for more traditional kinds of loans permitted millions of Americans to buy homes in recent years ... and keep them. Some economists see that as a major achievement.

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