Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Countrywide and KB Home: the worst not over yet

During a panel discussion hosted by the Milken Institute, Countrywide’s CEO Angelo Mozilo and KB Home’s President Jeffrey Mezger talked about the housing market, the Fed’s policy and surplus inventories. The worst is not over yet, according to Mozilo, and Mezger believes “things are going to stay tough for quite some time” for KB Home. Both agreed that lifting loan limits for “conforming” mortgages would help the industry, because the current limit is below median prices in many areas. Non-conforming loans that cannot be purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac come at a higher price, which further diminishes affordability and exacerbates problems in the housing sector.

So if they see more trouble ahead, how come Countrywide promised to post profit in Q4?

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