Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

October 28, 2008

Upside-Down in Your Home? (Poll)

Years ago, because of the huge amount of money owed on car loans, coupled with low down-payments and “loan rollover”, becoming upside-down on your vehicle or owing more than it was worth at any given time was an increasingly common occurrence. With the contraction of the U.S. and the British economy, more and more homeowners are finding themselves in the same predicament.

In many cases, recent predatory lending meant less down payments and loan qualifications. However, the mortgage housing bubble has lead to downward spiraling values, resulting in owing more to a bank or lender than the house is worth. This has been highlighted in the media and now the United Kingdom is reeling from the same housing contraction.

Reports are that house prices have dropped faster in Britain than in the United States, producing an increase for a prolonged recession. Considering that most citizens have most of their asset value wrapped up in their homes, falling values, especially for recent home buyers is a real financial issue. The media has indicated that American homeowners are leaving their homes, not simply because of affordability issues, but because of refusing to pay for declining home values versus their home loans. Is this really true and could this reasoning pass beyond the United States? ~ E. Manning

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