Thursday, March 5, 2009

12% of all mortgages and 48% of sub-prime mortgages in default

I'm still waiting for a perp walk of those people who were responsible for the sub-prime debacle, because they had to have known how these loans would end -- badly. According to an AP story, 48% of adjustable-rate, sub-prime mortgages and 12% of all mortgages are in technical default. But now the pain has spread to people who can't pay because their lost their jobs as well as those who bought more home than they could afford:

A stunning 48 percent of the nation's homeowners who have a subprime, adjustable-rate mortgage are behind on their payments or in foreclosure, and that's not the worst of it, new data Thursday showed.

The reckless lending practices in states like Florida, California and Nevada that were the epicenter of the housing crisis are no longer driving up the nation's delinquency rate. Instead, the foreclosure crisis now is being fueled by a spike in defaults in states like Louisiana, New York, Georgia and Texas, where the economies are rapidly deteriorating and thousands are losing their jobs...

A record 5.4 million American homeowners with a mortgage of any kind, or nearly 12 percent, were at least one month late or in foreclosure at the end of last year, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. That's up from 10 percent at the end of the third quarter, and up from 8 percent at the end of 2007...

The news comes a day after the Obama administration kicked off a new program that’s designed to help up to 9 million borrowers stay in their homes through refinanced mortgages or loans that are modified to lower monthly payments.

Borrowers, however, are being advised to be patient in their efforts to get help because mortgage companies are likely to be flooded with calls...

Meanwhile, debt-strapped homeowners unable to afford their mortgages could get their monthly payments lowered in bankruptcy court under a controversial element of President Barack Obama’s housing rescue plan.

The legislation is part of a broader housing package scheduled for a House vote Thursday. It’s the toughest piece of Obama’s efforts to prevent foreclosures — a stick to go with the many carrots he is offering the mortgage industry to help borrowers afford their home loans.

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