More than a fifth of U.S. homeowners owed more than their properties were worth in the fourth quarter as the number of houses and condominiums lost to foreclosure climbed to a record, according to Zillow.com.
This chart shows the loss severity for subprime first-lien mortgage loans in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Loss severity is defined as the average size of a loss if one occurs. Minus 70 percent.
California: 11.3%, up from 10.8% (44% share of the market); Florida: 16.6%, up from 16% (6% share); New Jersey: 7.4%, up from 7.1% (4% share).
Like millions of American households, the Mortgage Bankers Association found itself stuck with real estate whose market value has plunged far below the amount it owed its lenders.
Accounting for foreclosures in the pipeline, the total non-current rate stands at 13.3%, according to the data in the LPS database. When extrapolated for the entire mortgage industry, 7.2m mortgage loans are behind on their payments.
“We’re now at the point of maximum vulnerability. People’s emotional attachment to their property is melting into the air.” Sam Khater, senior economist at First American CoreLogic.
The homeownership rate increased in the '90s and early '00s because of changes in demographics and "innovations" in mortgage lending.
Citing the grim job market, high foreclosure rate and tight lending climate, Mr. Bigelow doesn’t foresee a near-term recovery for the housing market. “It’s like the perfect storm.”
Bair's testimony shows that the Fed knew what was going on; knew that the loans were garbage, knew that people were being victimized, knew that eventually the bubble would burst and the economy would nosedive.
Plunging home prices have exacerbated matters by leaving some FHA borrowers unable to sell or refinance their homes because they owe more than their homes are worth.
15 months after Fannie and Freddie were effectively nationalized, neither the Obama administration nor Congress see how to fix the twin mortgage giants without choking the flow of credit to homeowners and dealing a blow to a fragile housing market.
Take a look at the Obama housing stimulus in action during the summer and fall of 2009.
The number is now 13.9 months: an all time record, and 50% higher than a year ago. Good thing all that shadow inventory is nothing to be worried about as Cramer says.
Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss. Increase since 2008: 784% The 3,000% plus increase in filings over the past two years masks the fact that foreclosure is still a rare occurrence here.
A record 2.8 million households were threatened with foreclosure last year, and that number is expected to rise this year as more unemployed and cash-strapped homeowners fall behind on their mortgages.
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