posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 11:37 PM
This BBC story has the wrong premise, has nothing to do with the mortgage problem. If you cannot make the mortgage payement because payments jumped
when adjusted, then you try and sell, and if cannot, then the lender resells the home to someone who can make the payments. Problem is that there
are no buyers and since home prices dropped substantially, you may owe more than you can sell for. But you still have a job, so just go rent an
appartment or get an RV and live in the RV park for $500 per month (So Cal has lots of these nice parks). I did this for 5 months.
The problem comes from people who lost their jobs, but jobs are still plentiful and the unemployment rates low here. Low skilled people will always
have a problem. The illegal aliens make up most of the problem, many lost their jobs when construction came to a complete halt here. 47% of Los
Angles residents were not born in the USA and $10,000,000 per year is spent on providing illegals government services yet the State wants to raise
taxes. We need to cut taxes so citizens have more disposable income to survive.
My mortgage rate jumped from an above market rate of 6.25% overnight to excessive 10.25% which is a $2,200 per month INCREASE over the $3,000/mo I am
already paying. Luckily, after complaining, my lender reversed themselves and reduced the rate back to 6.25% for another two years. This is the best
solution all-around and should be implemented by all lenders which should solve much of this. It's better for the lender to keep getting 6% instead
of nothing. If the economy gets worst, then this can still get out of control.
I've had 20 adjustable mortgages over the past 35 years and never had a problem until this last one which had terrible loan rules. The government
needs to go back to disallowing prepayment penalties, not give loans to illegal aliens (many did not not make the first payment and hoped just to
'flip' the house since prices were increasing at 10-30% per year), limit stated-income loans, and increase California's Fanny Mae's loan limits
to normal market levels ($450,000 suggested). In Los Angeles proper, a crappy 2-bedroom home in the gang areas was selling for $550,000 last year
before the market slump. In nice areas, $700,000-$1,000,000 for a CONDO within 10 miles of the ocean. I had to move 60 miles from the ocean to get a
decent home cost but have a 90 mile per day drive roundtrip to work.