Why Homeowners Face the Loss of Their Home?

August 11, 2022

By Diane Drain Attorney & Retired Law Professor

The mortgage crisis of 2008 through 2012 (this happens every 15 to 20 years)

Statistics from 2005: Foreclosures, which are a major indicator of the health of the housing market, can rapidly increase, causing harm to families and communities. When compared to any other comparable indicator, such as gains in property ownership, the number of mortgage loans issued, or even the ratio of foreclosures per mortgage, the rate and quantity of foreclosures might escalate at an alarming rate. Home ownership has increased by only 3.6 percent in the last two decades, but foreclosures have increased by 335.6 percent. The sub-prime (hard money) mortgage market is directly to blame for the huge spike in foreclosures (which means greedy lenders and realtors who know for certain the borrower cannot afford the home). As of the third quarter of 2003, 6.6 percent of sub-prime mortgage loans were in default, or about one out of every 15 loans. This is in stark contrast to the prime lending rate, which was 53 percent for the same time period. Joint Center for Housing Studies, page 12 (March 2004).

The unfortunate reality is that few borrowers are aware of the risks around borrowing money, purchasing a property, or using credit cards.

Instead, they trust the word of those who profit from their ignorance – realtors, brokers, lenders, and credit card firms. Their inability to comprehend these difficulties is leading to foreclosure, wage garnishment, and bankruptcy.

By |Published On: August 11th, 2022|Last Updated: December 26th, 2023|

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