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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nearly 29% of mortgaged homes underwater, report finds

Were are slowly getting closer to 1 out of every 3 homes with a mortgage.
The rising percentage of homes with "negative equity" or "underwater" status is due largely to how long the foreclosure sale process takes rather than home value fluctuations, said Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries. Prior to the "robo-signing" scandal around foreclosures that came to light in 2010, the negative equity rate hovered in the 21 to 23 percent range, but has been in the 26 to 28 range since due to added delays in foreclosure sales. While the rate of foreclosures is dropping, the time required for foreclosures to sell has lengthened.
"We're in uncharted waters," Humphries said in an interview. "More than one in four homes underwater and about 9 percent unemployment is a recipe for more foreclosures."
And look at this.
The survey, by Columbus, Ohio-based Home Value Insurance Co., found that one-third of respondents thought buying a home was a risky investment and 18 percent said they were "not sure" they'd advise a younger person to buy one. About 85 percent said they consider now a bad time to sell but a good time to buy, while 23 percent of owners said they were likely to sell within five years.
Who are they going to sell their homes to? And how and they going to have income and a down payment to buy them?  This is going to put a lot of pressure on home prices.

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