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Hidden Foreclosure numbers reveal reality

We just saw the release of the foreclosure numbers from the MBA.  No surprise that foreclosures hit a new record, but there are little "gems" hidden inside the report.

"Adjustable-rate loans are performing "much, much worse than their fixed-rate counterparts," he said. Subprime ARMs accounted for 43.0% of all new foreclosures during the third quarter, even though they make up just 6.8% or all loans outstanding. Prime ARMs made up 18.7% of the foreclosures started, and make up 14.5% of all outstanding loans."

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That is what was reported in MarketWatch and it reveals a different reality than what has been portrayed in the media and government.  The painted picture is that of a homeowner facing foreclosure being "subprime" and due to their mortgage rate adjusting higher, beyond their affordability level.

Well, since most Subprime loans are ARMs and those represent 43% of the toal, that leaves up to 57% as being Prime loans, you know those who had credit that wasn’t worth screwing up.

Additionally, look at the total ARM calculation and that represents a total of 61.7% of foreclosures, including the Prime ARMs.  That means that nearly 40%, 38.3% to be exact, are actually fixed rate mortgages!!!

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Those numbers reveal a completely different reality than what is being portrayed and simply enhances the fact the government should just let the foreclosures run their course and we will all be better off.

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  1. Brian Brady

    December 10, 2007 at 7:51 am

    The payment adjustment is such a minor factor contributing to foreclosures. I’m reading that it’s less than 2% of all foreclosures out there.

    Amen to your concluding sentence.

  2. Benn Rosales

    December 10, 2007 at 8:10 am

    the debate over the weekend was basically two points:

    plan creates a softer landing for lenders

    plan ensures we’ll have a crisis through 2013, meaning real estate will suffer longterm.

    I guess it depends which side of the wallet you come down on. I for one see it as a no win situation, it is what it is. There is no easy way out or easy fix.

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