Investments in mortgage assets didn’t wither with the recession. Loans are still sold, though the average discount is higher these days. Investors still do deals, sometimes purchasing defaulted loans in bulk. Then, like winning a bag of marbles and bringing them home, the next step is due diligence: see what’s in the bag, and how to make the best of the deal.

What’s changed? There are more troubled assets in the bag. Sure, everyone still digs through, looking for that shiny steely, an underpriced asset that can be turned around or resold. But efficiency demands that you do something with all those other marbles, too, preferably something cheap and fast.

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