?Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.?
~ Laurence J. Peter
Thank?you?regulators!?This?month?s?commentary?is?dedicated?to?all?the?fine?state?and?federal?regulatory agencies?whose?actions?kept?me?from?worrying?about?a?decline?in?the?mortgage?market?the?first?two months?of?this?year.
Comparing?the?first?two?months?of?2010?to?the?same?period?of?2009?is?surprising.?Dollar?volume?of mortgages?with?a?stated?loan?amount?between?$50,000?and?$500,000?(mortgages?that?typically?represent first?mortgages)?declined?a?whopping?46?percent?from?$123?million?to?$66?million.?That?s?significant. In?fact,it?s?the?slowest?first?two?months?since?the?year?2000?when?only?$50?million?in?mortgages?were?originated.
The?Title?Insurance?Division?(that?s?the?TIEFF?fee?funded?regulator)?of?the?Indiana?Department?of?Insurance is?weighing?in?on?a?myriad?of?customary?title?industry?practices.?Clair?Voyant,?our?vice?president?of?things we?don?t?know,?is?busily?staring?into?her?crystal?balls?trying?to?predict?what?s?coming?from?that?direction.