It curls my hair, and I don't have any hair to curl, when the press spins economic news. Yes, it is true that the GDP reported a growth of 1.7% for the 2nd quarter of 2010 which is in fact on the positive side of "centerline"; however THIS GRAPH, obtain from the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis http://www.bea.gov/ clearly demonstrates that our the US economy, as defined by GDP, is trending down. You make up your own mind about where you think the next trend indicator will land for the 3rd & 4th quarters of 2010.
It is our belief that not until three major pressures are taken out of the equation, will the US economy truly begin to make a meaningful recovery. Those three major pressures are, job creations, meaningful foreclosure prevention and finally a mechanism to repair and address the extraordinary negative equity in residential real estate. According to PR News Wire http://www.prnewswire.com/ SEATTLE, Aug. 9, real estate values continue to fall, reporting that nationally, home owners are suffering with an average of 21% value decline, since the beginning of the economic crisis we are digging out of. The hardest hit areas report more dramatic negative equity conditions. Areas such as Bakersfield CA at 44.6% negative equity, El Centro CA at 57.5% negative equity, Fresno CA at 38.5% negative equity, Sacramento CA at 58.1% negative equity, Las Vegas NV @ 73.9% negative equity, Reno NV at 61.9% negative equity, Phoenix AZ 66.8% negative equity, Tucson AZ at 41% negative equity, Port St. Lucie FL at 55% negative equity, Sarasota FL at negative equity, Tampa FL at 45.3% negative equity, Miami-Fort Lauderdale FL at 44% negative equity, Ann Arbor MI at 33% negative equity and Detroit MI at 31.4% negative equity. Dozens of additional examples can be viewed at Home Value Index.
The bottom line is this. The private sector must be given the tools to create jobs and the banking and mortgage industry must come up with a way to resolve the foreclosure issue and negative equity in residential real estate.
Currently, there is NO exit strategy available to any homeowner who is suffering with negative equity. In over ½ the country, homeowners who are suffering with negative equity have no way to sell their home in the next 10 to 20 years. Does the current congress and administration truly feel that it is appropriate to allow this financial injustice to be suffered upon homeowners who have played by the rules? Is it appropriate that the economic meltdown, caused primarily by the failure of the sub-prime mortgage industry and major players on Wall Street, should strap a homeowner to his home for the next decade, two decades or in some areas of the country as much as three decades? Does it make sense to you, that some form of "exit strategy" for a homeowner should be devised so today's homeowner can sell his home, weather moving up, moving down or relocating? Does it seem JUST to you that homeowners, who have done nothing wrong, played by all the rules, acted responsible with their finances, should NOT be provided a mechanism to exit their home without being required to write a check to their lien holder to cover the negative equity?
Your thoughts are encouraged and even more important, we suggest that you take the time to write your congressman/women and/or senator. You can reach your congressman/woman at http://www.house.gov/ and your senator at http://tinyurl.com/b1lm.
Do you agree that it is every citizens responsibility to force our opinions, experiences and views upon our elected law makers? We hope you do.
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