You Know It’s a Tough Market When Ben Bernanke Can’t Refinance His Mortgage
Ben S. Bernanke said the mortgage market is still so tight that he’s having a hard time refinancing his own home loan.
The former Federal Reserve chairman, speaking at a conference in Chicago, told moderator Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics Inc. — “just between the two of us” — that “I recently tried to refinance my mortgage and I was unsuccessful in doing so.”
When the audience laughed, Bernanke said, “I’m not making that up.”
“I think it’s entirely possible” that lenders “may have gone a little bit too far on mortgage credit conditions,” he said.