Showing posts with label real estate owned. Show all posts
Showing posts with label real estate owned. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mortgage Servicers Have Incentives Not to Modify Loans, Not to Approve Short Sales and Not to Foreclose (At Least for Quite a While)

According to this New York Times article, Lucrative Fees May Deter Efforts to Alter Loans, mortgage servicers make more money by charging late fees, legal fees, insurance fees, etc. than they would by offering the home owner a loan modification (i.e such as Making Home Affordable), approving a short sale or even foreclosing. Therefore, many homes will sit in limbo for many months even when the current owner is several months behind in their mortgage payments, but could pay a lower payment, or even if there is a buyer willing to buy the home. Apparently, the longer the loan is delinquent the more the mortgage servicer stands to profit. Of course, during this time the home is likely being neglected, which will ultimately result in the home being worth less when it ultimately sells. Since the mortgage servicer does not own the loan they are not losing any money and do not really care. According to the article, in June 2009 nearly 3,000,000 homeowners were 90+ days delinquent on their home loans (up from 1,800,000 in June 2008), but the number of homes taken back by the banks decreased to 245,000 (from 333,000 in June 2008). This goes hand in hand with what I wrote in earlier blog posts, More Evidence Banks Are Holding Back Foreclosures and Government Meddling and Banks' Incompetence Will Cause More Home Price Declines, where I stated that banks are not openly selling anywhere near number of true foreclosures. The number of seriously delinquent loans continues to grow. These loans should be modified or the properties should be sold via short sale or foreclosure. Instead, the mortgage servicers are just letting them fester. Of course, they will eventually have to be dealt with on way or the other. Most likely this will be via foreclosure after the owners just give up and move on.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

More Evidence Banks are Holding Back Foreclosures

According to this blog article, More on Stress Tests, due to 10 of 19 big banks needing to raise funds as a result of the "stress tests" the big banks, and other banks, will start selling shares and begin to dump their increasing pool of foreclosures very soon. Foreclosures (non-performing assets/real estate owned/REO's) have been piling up since 70% are not showing up in MLS's as being for sale. That means there is a large pool of foreclosed homes coming on the market soon. I discussed this "hidden foreclosure" problem in a previous blog post. Clearly, this dump of foreclosed homes is going to hurt the real estate market. I see no reason to believe that foreclosures will decline any time soon as the jobless rate hits 10% by the end of the year combined with the fact that too many homeowners have no savings to get them through a period of unemployment (see my previous blog post on this topic).