Wouldn't it be beneficial for banks to reduce the principal amounts owed on their mortgages rather than allowing for a short sale or foreclosure? What if banks reduced the pricipal owed on their mortgages to the current market value or 90% of the market value? Wouldn't that make just as much sense if not more sense than having their home go through the long process of a distressed sale where no one makes the mortgage payment for six months to two years and the house is abandoned and damaged as a result? If the banks and our govt. wanted the U.S. economy to get back on track, they would be more focused on principal reductions and here are some reasons why.
LENDERS and REALTORS are vigorously processing short sales and foreclosure across the country and have been for about 4 years now.
Richard Zaretsky relates a meeting he attended with Bank of America representatives in a "Short Sale Summit". In reading Richard's account of the meeting(s), a statement that got my attention spoke volumes.
"There was zero mention of principal reduction programs."
CAN'T LENDERS ADD?? The fact that the banks are so adamantly opposed to principal reduction programs leads one to wonder, WHAT IS THEIR MOTIVATION?? I realize that the government worked very hard to make banks solvent through the redistribution of wealth in TARP. I've come to the conclusion that, not ony are the banks zealous in preserving the mantra of "IF YOU DON'T PAY, YOU DON'T STAY", banks are either simply wrong headed in their zeal to foreclose OR banks simply can't add.
LOSS OF EQUITY HAS CAUSED THE FOLLOWING:
Loss of credit
Lost employment opportunities
Loss of education stability for children
Loss of property values
Loss of local government revenue
Loss of consumer confidence
Loss of savings
Degradation of vacant units
Reduction in home maintenance
Loss of community housing values
Disruption of family stability
THERE IS NOTHING LEADING TO FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR A CONSUMER IN A SHORT SALE OR FORECLOSURE.
PRINCIPAL REDUCTION COULD CAUSE THE FOLLOWING:
Dramatic decrease in Short Sales
Dramatic reduction in Foreclosures
Stability of consumer credit
Flexibility of employment opportunities
Stability of education opportunities
GROWTH IN PROPERTY VALUES
Growth in local government revenue
Increase in consumer confidence
Preservation of private savings
Stable management of vacant units
Financial ability to maintain homes
Stability of property values
Stable family finances
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM PRINCIPAL REDUCTION??
REO LISTING BROKERS??? If you are a real estate broker who has a significant market share of the short sale and/or REO listing market, you're probably asking: WHAT WOULD PRINCIPAL REDUCTION DO FOR THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY (for me)?
MOVE-UP MARKET. Listing agents and brokers would again enjoy the MOVE-UP market. Without the heavy boot of negative equity on their necks, home owners would be free to sell their homes based on their personal need and decisions. Home owners could once again follow job opportunities without being faced with the agony of letting a home go to foreclosure or attempting a short sale.
RETIREES. That famous "baby boomer" market and other retirees would again be able to sell their existing home and relocate to retirement communities across the country.
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. This important segment of home buyers would enjoy a wider variety of homes to consider without the necessity of buying foreclosures in disrepair or short sales without the security of knowing that their contract will close.
CONSUMERS. Consumers who have lost their homes due to short sales or foreclosure have seen their credit rating reduced by significant percentages. Loss of credit rating means higher interest rates for future mortgages, auto loans and credit cards.
THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY. "As the housing industry goes, so goes the U.S. economy", Lenn Harley. Anyone who doesn't understand that statement has no memory, no understanding of the dynamics of the the housing industry to the U.S. economy.
LOSS OF CREDIT RATING MAY ALSO MEAN:
Loss of job opportunities.
Inability to obtain competitive rates for auto and property hazard insurance.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO THE CONSUMER, REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND BROKERS, LOAN OFFICERS AND THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY FOR SHORT SALES AND FORECLOSURES????
Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.
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