How Many Loans are Non-Recourse? – In California (and other states), purchase money home mortgages are non-recourse loans–if a bank accepts the keys from a borrower, it cannot then go after the borrower for any difference in value between the house and the loan outstanding.
But as I learned from Paul Willen this weekend, once a loan is refinanced, it is no longer a non-recourse loan. For borrowers who have no assets to speak of, the difference doesn’t matter much. But for others, the difference is large