Tuesday, August 11, 2009

SCARY STUFF: About half of U.S. mortgages seen underwater by 2011

According to this Reuters article, About half of U.S. mortgages seen underwater by 2011, a Deutsche Bank report states that "the percentage of U.S. homeowners who owe more than their house is worth will nearly double to 48 percent in 2011 from 26 percent at the end of March (2009)." According to the Deutsche Bank report, home price declines will affect "conforming" or "prime" borrowers (i.e. those that put 20% down, had documentable income and good credit" the most. The report goes on to state that 41% of prime conforming loans will be underwater by the first quarter of 2011, up from 16% at the end of the first quarter 2009 and 46% percent of prime jumbo loans will be underwater, up from 29%. The report goes on to state that 69% of subprime loans, will be greater than the underlying property value in 2011 (up from 50%) and 89% of option adjustable-rate mortgages (option ARM's), which artificially reduced payments by allowing payments to be lower than the interest due resulting in increasing principal balances, will be underwater in 2011, up from 77%.
In June 2009 Deutsche Bank covered 100 U.S. metropolitan areas and forecast home prices would fall 14% through the 1st quarter of 2011 for a total drop of 41.7%.

The Deutsche Bank reports stated that the regions suffering the worst negative equity are areas in California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and West Virginia. The report added that Las Vegas and parts of Florida and California will see 90% or more of their loans underwater by 2011.
The Deutsche Bank analysts stated that "For many, the home has morphed from piggy bank to albatross."
The Reuters article states that "the drop in home prices is fueling a vicious cycle of foreclosures as it eliminates homeowner equity and gives borrowers an incentive to walk away from their mortgages. The more severe the negative equity, the more likely are defaults, since many borrowers believe prices will not recover enough." (Translation: homeowners will walk away from their homes and give the keys back to the banks once they realize their homes will never be worth enough to pay off the debt.)

The above is more evidence that this housing market mess is far from over despite the nonsense you hear from the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and the Obama Administration. There will be high numbers of foreclosures and short sales for years to come.

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