Banking Regulation, Not Real Estate Reregulation, Saved Texas

Texas' strict banking regulation may be partially responsible for its economic health.
April 5, 2010, 6am PDT | Michael Lewyn
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Many planning commentators have suggested that Texas' relatively lax land-use planning system has protected the state from the foreclosure epidemic.

But another cause may be Texas' strict banking regulation: Texas restricts home equity loans to a greater extent than most states. In Texas, "the total amount of debt on a home cannot exceed 80 percent of its appraised value, and any proceeds cannot be used to pay off other debts."

Thanks to Michael Lewyn

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Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in The Big Money
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