Thursday, March 06, 2008

Foreclosures Hit An All Time High

Over 900,000 borrowers are losing their homes, up 71% from a year ago, and a record number of home owners are behind on payments.
More home owners than ever are losing the battle to make their monthly mortgage payments.

Over 900,000 households are in the foreclosure process, up 71% from a year ago, according to a survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association. That figure represents 2.04% of all mortgages, the highest rate in the report's quarterly, 36-year history.

Another 381,000 households, or 0.83% of borrowers, saw the foreclosure process started during the quarter, which was also a record.

Additionally, the number of mortgage borrowers who were over 30 days late on a payment in the last three months of 2007 is at its highest rate since 1985.

"Boy, that was ugly," said Jared Bernstein, an Economic Policy Institute economist of the data.

"It's another reminder that anyone who thought we had hit bottom was wrong. This was a huge bubble, and when a bubble of this magnitude breaks, it creates a huge mess," he said." It could take a lot longer for the correction to work through the system."
Our economy is a mess due this subprime mortgage mess and who is being held to account? No one!!. The heads of these financial firms raked in the millions while knowing that the shit would eventually hit the fan. Now it has hit and its all over the entire population. The financial suffering is being unduly felt by the middle and lower classes while the rich have laughed all the way to the bank. It is time for a serious discussion of stricter regulations and stronger laws against this type of bubble creation. The heads of Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and the others that helped this debacle develop should be in jail not lounging around counting their ill gotten gains.

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