Over 1 million Americans seen losing homes in 2011

Discussion in 'Economics' started by misterno, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. It is okay, Odumba will rescue everybody, he is the Messiah

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Over-1-million-Americans-seen-apf- 1937862554.html?x=0

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The bleakest year in the foreclosure crisis has only just begun.

    Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and industry experts say more people will miss payments because of job losses and also loans that exceed the value of the homes they are living in.

    "2011 is going to be the peak," said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac Inc. The firm predicts 1.2 million homes will be repossessed this year.

    The blistering pace of foreclosures this year will top 2010, when a record 1 million homes were lost, RealtyTrac said Thursday.

    One in every 45 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing last year, a record 2.9 million of them. That's up 1.67 percent from 2009.

    On Thursday, Freddie Mac reported that fixed mortgage rates dipped this week for the second straight time, extending a sliver of hope for some home owners. .

    The average rate on the 30-year mortgage dropped to 4.71 percent from 4.77 percent the previous week. The rate on the 15-year loan, a popular refinance choice, slipped to 4.08 percent from 4.13 percent.

    But both are a half-point higher than the lows they reached in November. The 30-year loan rate hit a 40-year low of 4.17 percent and the 15-year mortgage rate fell to 3.57 percent, the lowest level on records starting in 1991.

    The dip has led more borrowers to apply for a refinance, but would-be buyers remain hesitant, according to Wednesday's mortgage indexes from the Mortgage Bankers Association. It will take more than low mortgage rates to jumpstart a housing market plagued by high unemployment, falling prices, tighter credit standards.

    The glut of foreclosures has compounded the problem and while the pace moderated in the final months of 2010, that isn't expected to last.

    Foreclosures are expected to remain elevated throughout the year, pushing home prices down another 5 percent nationally before finally bottoming out.

    The number of homes that received at least one foreclosure-related filing in December was the lowest monthly total in 30 months. Total notices fell 1.8 percent from November and 26.3 percent from December 2009, RealtyTrac said.

    Banks temporarily halted actions against borrowers severely behind on their payments after allegations of improper eviction surfaced in September.

    However, most banks have since resumed foreclosures and the first quarter will likely bear that out, Sharga said.

    The pain likely will be the most acute in states that have already suffered the worst. For the most part, it will be states that saw the biggest housing booms: Nevada, Arizona, Florida and California. They will be joined by states hit hardest by the economic downturn, including Michigan and Illinois.

    And on Wednesday, Illinois lawmakers approved a 66 percent income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling budget crisis.

    More than half of the country's foreclosure activity came out of five states in 2010: California, Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Michigan. Together, these states recorded almost 1.5 million households receiving a filing, despite year-over-year decreases in California, Florida and Arizona.

    Nevada posted the highest foreclosure rate in 2010 for the fourth straight year, despite a 5 percent decline in activity from the year before. One in every 11 households received a foreclosure filing last year in the state. In December, foreclosure activity increased 18 percent from November with a 71 percent spike in bank repossessions.

    Arizona and California also showed sharp December increases in the number of homes that banks reclaimed, at 52 percent and 47 percent, respectively. Arizona, along with Florida, finished the year at No. 2 and No. 3 for the highest foreclosure rates.

    One in every 17 Arizona households got a foreclosure filing last year, while one in 18 received a notice in Florida.

    California, Utah, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado rounded out the top ten states with the highest foreclosure rates.

    RealtyTrac tracks notices for defaults, scheduled home auctions and home repossessions -- warnings that can lead up to a home eventually being lost to foreclosure.
  2. 1M homes = 2.5M people losing their house?
  3. It is okay, Odumba will rescue everybody, he is the Messiah
  4. there was an article about 2 weeks ago how home values here in AZ are expected to drop an extra 5-8% in 2011. I do not see it see getting any better. I can say we might bottom out in 2011-2012 but it will be a stale market with deals everywhere.

    I know a few who filed BK/foreclosure in late 2007 when it first hit and they are already back on top again. they got crushed, waited 2 yrs and have bought again.

    Alot of the foreclosures occurring now are not the people who didnt overspend (DTI) or the ones trying to game the market, but the people who are paying their mortgage with life svings/401k/help from family etc
  5. these are bank owned homes
    1 million americans cannot afford to pay mortgage payments they are better off walking away and rent instead.

    how can you lose a home if you never owned it. and how many of the 1 million homes were speculators flipping on the homes with fraudulent loan applications.

    the mortgage payments are just the 'interest' on the mortgage.

  6. with residential real estate, technically you still own it even if you have a mortgage on the property. look into real estate law which explains this.

    most of the people losing their homes now are the ones who have been holding on with savings to get by. The speculators and liar loans have long handed in their keys. Most of the defaults currently are not subprime loans, but Alt-A and A paper.
  7. BSAM


    I'm surprised residential real estate has held up as well as it has.
  8. jem


    Debt slaves who are going to throw in the towel when they look at the graphs and it shows that prices have already dropped 5 to 10 percent since last august. (no one seems to know this, but it is true.)
  9. technically you don't own the home if you have 98% mortgage. you borrowed the money..the bankk owns the property if you don't pay the mortgage. the bank has the right to confiscate property and auction it off to collect deliquent loans who mis mortgage payments. same as rent..if you don't pay rent,,the landlord can evict yo from your property

    the mortgage is the interest on the mortgage that is same as rent.

  10. the1


    The only time a homeowner really realizes what their house is worth is <b>when they try to sell it.</b> I bought my house 9 years ago and added about 40k of improvements. If I'm at break even I'd feel pretty fortunate. I ain't moving so I ain't worried. Come late January I'm gonna fork over more income tax to the state of Illinois with a major fucking smile on my face. I'm healthy and I got a roof over my head. Life is good :)

    #10     Jan 15, 2011