Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Great Blog Post: The Ridiculous Loan Modification Solution

According to this BrokerAgentSocial article, The Ridiculous Loan Modification Solution, Banks and Mortgage Lenders have no real incentive to offer struggling home owners a loan modification since a Barclay's study showed that "current loans receiving rate modifications will experience a 62% redefault rate and delinquent loans receiving rate modifications will experience an 83% redefault rate." The reasons that these loans will still go bad are simple:

  1. The home owners were shaky from the beginning and so they are not the most financially responsible people to start with.
  2. Their homes are worth far less than the their mortgage balances. Eventually these people realize that they will never "get even" and just give up by letting the go into foreclosure.

The result of all of this is that short sales are rely best solution for the lenders and the homeowners since it is statistically proven that loan modifications will not work. Regardless of what the all knowing Obama says, keeping people in their homes is not the answer to our real estate crisis. Letting the market hit bottom as soon as possible is.

98 of the Top 100 Metropolitan Areas Lost Jobs Over the Period of June 2008 to June 2009

According to this Nashville Business Journal article, 98 of top 100 metros suffer job losses, almost all major metropolitan areas lost jobs over the period of June 2008 to June 2009. New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago where the hardest hit with over 200,000 jobs lost. Atlanta, Detroit and Phoenix each lost over 100,000 jobs. The Nashville Metropolitan area (generally Nashville, Davidson County, Williamson County (Franklin and Brentwood) and Rutherford County (Murfreesboro and Smyrna) was in the middle of the pack with 32,800 jobs lost. All of this means more unemployed people with a result of more delinquencies, foreclosures (REO's) and short sales. the effect of this will be continued dampening of the real estate market.