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Homeowners of Texas (HOT) compiled the following TIME articles to provide insight into causes of the financial crisis. The authors did an outstanding job, but we contend they put too much blame on Wall Street and mortgage-backed derivatives. Some of the nation’s largest homebuilders were culprits too.
With a lack of accountability and minimal risk of lawsuits, the builders’ strong profit incentives prompted them to cut corners with substandard materials and workmanship, cover-up known defects and code violations, artificially inflate property appraisals, make risky loans, and then resell the loans to unsuspecting investors who did not understand the risks. That’s why we say companies building substandard homes share blame with those making subprime loans.