Mortgage Insider tallies up the carnage among subprime lenders since the foreclosure crisis began — and it’s grim:
The list of major subprime lenders for 2006 and 2007 resembles the casualty roster from the Battle of Verdun in World War I. Only difference: way fewer walking wounded this time.
Of the 30 biggest subprime home lenders in 2006, measured by dollar volume, 22 have gone bankrupt, shut down, been sold or been seized by Uncle Sam. Most of the survivors have scaled back.
I guess the warnings all those years from the housing and consumer groups who regularly testified before the Federal Reserve were right on the mark after all. Too bad no one ever listened. The only bright spot here: It’s not like we’ll miss any of these lenders.
And remember about the door on your way out.