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Monday, November 14, 2011

Jumbo mortgage holders pose highest risk of strategic default

I'm having trouble reprinting another article.  But is related to the FHA audit that also is coming out.  
In a study released Oct. 31, ratings firm Moody's said that based on its analysis of mortgage-backed bond portfolios, homeowners with jumbo mortgages now constitute "greater strategic default risk" than any other type of borrowers, including subprime.
That's because an exceptionally high number of jumbo loan owners — many located in high-cost markets hit by real estate deflation over the last several years — are stuck with persistent negative equity. More than half of the jumbos analyzed by Moody's in which owners are still making payments are underwater, or have home market values lower than their outstanding loan balances.
Jumbo loans are those that exceed the conventional limits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Nationally, that ceiling is $417,000, but in high-cost areas between 2008 and Oct. 1 of this year, conventional limits ranged as high as $729,750. The maximum in those high-cost areas is now $625,500.
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