U.S. Taxpayers Acquiring 66,000 Foreclosed Homes A Day

Discussion in 'Economics' started by ByLoSellHi, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Housing Crisis Likely to Wipe Out Two Decades of Family-Earned Wealth

    posted on: August 03, 2008


    The collapse of the housing bubble is likely to eliminate most, if not all, of the gains that families had made in accumulating wealth over the last two decades, according to a new study from the Center for Economic Policy & Research in Washington, DC.

    In the report, entitled The Impact of the Housing Crash on Family Wealth [pdf file], the authors project that the sharpest falloffs are projected to occur for the youngest families.

    If housing prices fall another 10%, as they seem likely to do, the study estimates that families will have a net worth anywhere from 56% to 67% less than they had in 2004. That corresponds to an average decline of $41,000 in median wealth and show, according to the authors, that homeownership is not always an effective way to generate and accumulate wealth. Go figure.

    However, a study conducted in early 2005 by none other than the National Association of Realtors showed that over two-thirds of all first time home buyers at the time had put down less than 10% to purchase their homes, and a whopping 42% of those first-time buyers had put down nothing at all. It's no wonder, since their own data show nobody could afford to buy a house in the first place:


    So is the bursting of the housing bubble really as damaging to family wealth as it seems? If the NAR is to be believed, none of this money was really wealth in the first place. Rather, it was just another result of a massive, nationwide borrowing binge. But now that the bill has come due (talk about a balloon payment!) who is going to pay it all back?

    For a clue, look no further than Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE), which found new owners on Tuesday (you and me). Now, through them, you and I are effectively acquiring 66,000 houses a day through foreclosure.

    How about a cute little fixer upper?
  2. 1,980,000.00 houses a month?
    I doubt that.
  3. Im with him, I'd call that either fudging w/numbers or sensationalist journalism.
  4. It is more likely 210-220K houses a month.. as there supposedly 7K foreclosures a day
  5. Many will be in Bktcy, so those go before a Fed. Bktcy Magistrate to get it removed OUT of Bktcy so a foreclosure can take place.
    The process is long and slow, just like our court system.
  6. I'm trying to confirm the author's 66k number per day.

    It wasn't the centerpiece of his article, but I found it shocking.
  7. That can't be possible. If it were true, the movie escape from NY would be real now..
  8. GTS


    There are actually two problems with the OP, (1) the 66k/day figure is bogus and (2) the author attributes that figure to just foreclosures by FNM/FRE, not the national total, making the 66k figure even more absurd.


    252,363/30 = 8412/day
  9. balda


    " Nationally, home foreclosures shot up 14 percent during the second quarter. Foreclosure filings were reported on 739,714 properties nationwide, a 14 percent jump from the first quarter and a 121 percent increase from the year-ago period.

    One in every 171 U.S. households received notice of foreclosure during the quarter, with Nevada, California and Arizona posting the highest rates. "

    740,000/90days = about 8,200 per day nationwide.

  10. 2ticks


    Some stage of foreclosure does not mean "for sale".
    #10     Aug 6, 2008