February 1, 2006
To find a model for national legislation, many lawmakers need look no further than their own backyards. People who live in states with strong laws against predatory lending are more likely to get responsible mortgages at a lower cost. Our findings show that state laws enacted to prevent predatory mortgage lending work as intended to reduce abusive loan terms without impeding credit. Strong state laws have been good for consumers while supporting a thriving subprime lending market. They provide credit-strapped families with plenty of access to responsible home loans at typical -- or even lower -- costs. At least 24 states have passed specific anti-predatory lending laws to supplement federal protections aimed at ending abusive mortgage lending practices.