Fewer People Falling Behind On Home Loans

Posted on February 19th, 2010 in Financing, Market Conditions, Neighborhoods.

Here’s some good news on the housing front.  It looks like new foreclosures and people falling behind on loans could be slowing.   It’s going to take a while to sort through all the current inventory of foreclosed and short sale properties, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Every market it local, but as the foreclosure rate drops in different areas we may start to see stabilization and possibly some appreciation.  Now is a great time to get out and start looking at the deals that are on the market.  Don’t wait until you’ve missed the bottom of the barrel pricing that is here now, cause it may not last that much longer.  Let us keep an eye on the market for you – we can set you up with a search that pulls properties daily as they come on the market and when status change on properties.  Email me at Phil@Teambrealty.com or you can call me at 312-330-3730 and I can get your home search started. Phil Buoscio, Broker

Here’s the article from MSNBC going into more deail….

Fewer people falling behind on home loans

Housing recovery ‘going to be a very long, gradual process,’ analyst says

Source:  www.MSNBC.com

WASHINGTON – The end of the foreclosure crisis is finally in sight. For the first time in almost three years, the number of homeowners falling behind on their loans is declining.

The drop means the number of people losing their homes will start to fall. But some pain from the crisis is sure to persist. Because millions of people are already in foreclosure, deeply discounted houses will put pressure on home prices for years.

“Housing is on a path to recovery,” said Mike Larson, a real estate analyst with Weiss Research. “It’s going to be a very long, gradual process.”

In high-foreclosure cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami, homes have lost roughly half their values from their peaks. But a report Friday from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed Nevada, Arizona and Florida had some of the biggest declines in new delinquencies.

The figures probably mark “the beginning of the end” of the crisis, said Jay Brinkmann, the trade group’s chief economist.

However, more than 15 percent of homeowners with a mortgage have missed at least one payment or are in foreclosure, a record. Worse, nearly half of all delinquent borrowers were at least three months behind on their payments, up from a typical level of less than 20 percent.

“The bad news is that we still have a big problem,” Brinkmann said. “The good news is it looks like it may not get much bigger.”

That’s because the percentage of borrowers who missed just one payment on their home loans fell to 3.6 percent in the October-to-December quarter from 3.8 percent in the third quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. That decline was even more surprising because delinquencies usually rise at that time of year due to higher heating bills and holiday spending.

In another encouraging sign, the number of borrowers who had missed at least one payment but were not yet in foreclosure also fell for the first time since the beginning of 2007.

Banks are delaying the foreclosure process, traditionally between four and six months, as they evaluate borrowers for help under the Obama administration’s $75 billion mortgage-relief effort. It lowers borrowers payments to as low as 2 percent for five years and extends loan terms to as long as 40 years.

But experts warn that hundreds of thousands of borrowers will not be eligible or will not complete the process. So far, only 116,300 borrowers out of 1 million who enrolled have had the terms of their mortgages changed permanently.

Despite the government’s efforts, there may be 6 million foreclosed homes that are put on the market over the next three years, according to Barclays Capital.

Timing is key. If banks unload them suddenly, “it will be much more detrimental to the housing recovery than if it’s a slow, gradual bleed,” said Michelle Meyer, a Barclays economist.

On Friday, Obama announced that housing agencies in the five hardest-hit states will receive $1.5 billion to help spur local solutions. Those five are Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada.

“Government alone can’t solve this problem,” Obama said. “But government can make a difference.”