Tag Archives: Underwater Borrowers

HARP 2.0 Refinance: Get The “Real” Scoop

If you live in or own real estate in Sonoma County and need to refinance, the Harp 2.0 Refinance Program could be just the ticket to successfully reducing your interest rate and monthly mortgage payment. The Making Homes Affordable Program lifted their maximum loan-to-value requirements on March 18, 2012 for loans owned by Fannie Mae […]

Are McMansions already making a comeback?

It probably depends on who you ask. But according to a recent WSJ article, architects, home builders, and disseminators of real estate porn all seem to think the time is now. hmm. No comments from outside the ‘benefits from improving real estate market’ camp. The idea seems premature to me. Even though I think the […]

Nearly 35% of California Mortgages Underwater

Nationally, 22.8% of all homes with mortgages owe more than their homes are worth. Another 5% are right on the edge. In California, the statistics are worse. CoreLogic reports: SANTA ANA, Calif., March 1, 2012––CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released negative equity data showing that 11.1 million, […]

Mortgage Settlement Mistake: The Banks Are Already Forgiving Short Sale Deficits

The Obama Administration won a political victory with the $26 Billion mortgage settlement announced last night. But the most impactful part of the plan – principal reductions – may be nothing more than what the banks are already doing by forgiving the unpaid balances on short sales. The New York Times reports: Despite the billions […]

FHFA Director Edward DeMarco: Please Resign Immediately

Dear Edward DeMarco, Your position regarding principal reduction for underwater mortgages illustrates just how unfit you are to be running the FHFA. You argue against principal reductions, because it might cost “marginally” more than principal forbearance, yet you completely ignore all of the data suggesting that negative equity leads to strategic defaults and a potential […]

Sound Real Estate Advice for 2012

A lot of people are asking what I think will happen in the housing market in 2012. But rather than just give a laundry-list of predictions, I’d like to share my thoughts within the context of steps that different type of readers and clients may be considering. First, a general note on the housing market… […]

The seductive but flawed logic of principal reduction

If news stories are true, the administration, in conjunction with the state attorneys general, will soon announce that lenders have agreed to write down borrower principal balances by a grand total of $20–$25 billion as part of a deal to address serious procedural problems in foreclosure filings. Policy wonks and housing experts will greet this announcement with glee, saying that policymakers have ignored principal reduction for too long but have seen the light and are finally going to cure the epidemic of foreclosures that has gripped the country since 2007. Are the wonks right? In short: we think not.