Review: A human face for the foreclosure fiasco

September 25, 2015

Seven years on and the financial crisis blame game is still alive and well. In his new film, “99 Homes,” Ramin Bahrani crafts a dramatic narrative that does the best job yet of capturing the complexity of assigning accountability to the collective U.S. housing delusion.

Securitizing rent has more problems than promise

July 26, 2012

Crafting bonds backed by rent is being touted as a way to fund mass purchases of foreclosed U.S. homes. But big obstacles - sparse data, management challenges and new risks for investors - complicate matters. It could be years before such bonds are sold. And they won’t be cheap.