Mortgage Meltdown: Wave Two
In Mortgage Delinquencies Up 58% we pointed out that the American home owner borrower will continue to experience difficulty in making their monthly payments for years to come.
The following chart from Agora Financial demonstrates the detonation of the mortgage market thus far, where we are today, and what we can expect in the very near future.
A BIG thank you to Patrick for pulling the research on this and providing it for all to review.
Based on this information, it looks like the next wave may be as powerful, if not more powerful, than the first. In the first wave, we saw the sub-prime meltdown, meaning that mortgages for borrowers with lower credit worthiness exploded, leaving us in the situation where we find ourselves today.
This next round is going to include prime borrowers, more sub-prime borrowers, and Alt-A borrowers who were able to buy homes with little or no income verification, and in many cases, nothing down. It’s possible, and likely, that the value of many of the loans that will come under threat will have higher loan balances than even sub-prime (More on Alt-A’s here). Finally, we’ll be seeing Option-ARM’s blowup for those whose rates reset, significantly raising their monthly payments.
For an American middle class that has been financially devastated by job losses, wage decreases and credit contraction, we don’t see recovery any time soon.
According to the chart above, we should start seeing detonations around the country some time in April or May of 2010 with the fallout clearing up some time in late 2012.
Some estimates have forecasted that real estate is set to decline another 10% to 15%. But, what if the next wave collapses our real estate market another 30%, or even 50%? Doesn’t sound possible does it? For non-believers, we direct your attention to the Japanese real estate bubble of the 1990’s compared to the USA through 2008.
UPDATE 11-20-09Â 21:42:
For a look at home price values over the last 100 years, including booms and busts, take a look at Glenn Beck’s explanation below. This explanation suggests that we have a way to go in residential real estate prices, and the 30% to 50% drops in home values from this point may be quite possible if we are, in fact, in the midst of another depression-like event. (Thanks to NetRanger of Oath Keepers for sharing this one with the community)
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Date: November 19th, 2009
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