In case you missed it, here’s my story from Thursday: The rate of delinquencies in Alt-A loans — high-risk loans to people with good credit — has grown at a dramatically faster rate in the past year than the now-infamous subprime loans.

On Friday afternoon, I shared some numbers from that story with our media partners at NBC 7/39. Here’s the clip:

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If you missed them, we had a few follow-up posts on Friday with more details on what kind of loans we’re talking about here; perspectives from the staff at a foreclosure assistance company; and a homeowner whose option-ARM payments actually just dropped because of low interest rates.

I got a couple of e-mails from real estate pros and market watchers who said their experience absolutely jives with what these new numbers show. You can always chime in by leaving a comment in Survival or dropping me an e-mail at


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