Let’s not forget, and McClatchy doesn’t, thankfully, that borrowers were the marks here and took it on the chin:
The loans laid out financial terms that protected investors but punished homebuyers. They offered above-market interest rates, typically starting at 8 percent, with provisions that Lee said were “rigged” to guarantee the maximum 3 percent rise in interest rates after two years and almost assuredly another 3 percent increase through ensuing, twice-yearly adjustments.
This is top-notch work by McClatchy. It deserves a wide airing.