What Do Subprime Securitization Contracts Actually Say About Loan Modification? Preliminary Results and Implications
John P. Hunt
University of California, Davis - School of Law; Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy
March 25, 2009
A review of pooling and servicing agreements from large subprime securitization programs in 2006 reveals that about 10% of the contract ban loan modifications altogether. The other 90% do not seem to forbid win-win loan modifications (defined as modifications that benefit the borrower and increase the present value of cash flows to the trust), although their terms are open-ended enough that reluctance to make such modifications is understandable. If the subprime universe as a whole looks similar to the contracts we have reviewed to date, mass clarification of contracts rather than mass abrogation either through special legislation or through the creation of a special bankruptcy process may be appropriate.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: subprime, pooling and servicing agreements, loan modification, mortgage modification, Countrywide
JEL Classification: G20, G21, G28working papers series
Date posted: March 27, 2009
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