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Credit Officers, Lenders In Raleigh For American Mortgage Conference

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Private and community-based mortgage lenders are meeting in Raleigh this week to talk home ownership for future generations.

The American Mortgage Conference features an impressive line-up in the world of banking and home finance.  Leaders from the Federal Home Loan Banks of Atlanta and Chicago will address the crowd, along with lending managers from BB&T and North State Bank.

Panelist, Janneke Ratcliffe is Executive Director of UNC’s Center for Community Capital. She said right now, the most pressing challenge for housing recovery in this country is access to mortgage credit. 

“We have lots of evidence that mortgage credit is too tight and that it could be made more flexible without taking on undue amounts of risk," said Ratcliffe.  "So, simply put, I think we’re stuck in an over-correction.”

And Ratcliffe says this over-correction is causing some future homeowners to be shut out.

“The home ownership gap between whites and African Americans, I think. is at its highest level since the time periods have been tracked," said Ratcliffe.  "Let’s talk about young households.  There’s a whole population of millennials who could really bring some serious energy back to the housing market, but they are not able to get mortgages with low down payments.”

These issues will be discussed at the conference, organized by the North Carolina Bankers Association.

Mel Watt, head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is scheduled to speak Monday night at the Raleigh Marriott, Crabtree Valley.  The conferenceruns through Wednesday.

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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