(Source: globeandmail.com)

As many as 25,000 Canadian homeowners who consistently met their mortgage payments could lose their homes unless Ottawa or other financial players help supply capital to the struggling subprime lending market.

A loose network of about 12 alternative mortgage lenders began lobbying the Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Finance in January about what they say is a looming problem: An estimated $3-billion to $5-billion worth of subprime mortgages are coming up for renewal over the next four years, and the lenders say they can’t renew them because capital has dried up for higher-risk borrowers.

“These are hard-working Canadians who could face foreclosure on their homes if they are unable to renew or find mortgage financing,” said Paul McGill, the CEO of the N-B Group, an alternative mortgage lender that has been spearheading the campaign.

Read Greg Mcarthur’s and Jacquie Mcnish’s full article “Lenders seek Ottawa’s aid as thousands risk losing their homes,” in the Globe and Mail March 26, 2009.

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