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Are we going to see a wave of foreclosures?

Thursday, April 9, 2020   /   by Jordana Tobel

Are we going to see a wave of foreclosures?

There are a number of important factors that will prevent a repeat of what happened in 2007 and 2008.

One of those factors is that we learned our lesson. The government is reacting and they are reacting quickly. Just last week, the FHA “immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for homeowners for the next 60 days.

In the early 2000s, homeowners were using their homes like ATMs and taking large amounts of cash out. When prices began to drop, those same homeowners didn’t care, they just walked way, they had no skin in the game. Today, the homeowner equity situation is entirely different. As a comparison, from 2005-2007, mericans cashed out over 825 billion worth of equity from their homes. In the last three years, they cashed out only 232 billion, less than 1/3 that amount. Not only that, 37% of Americans have no mortgage at all. Of the remaining 63%, more than 1 in 4 have over 50% equity.

In addition to the factors above, the government is providing small business and individual assistance. There are two 250 billion cash infusions to individuals as well as a 300 billion cash infusion for small businesses. The bottom line is that these are not going to be easy times. However, the lessons learned from the last crisis have Americans better prepared to weather the financial storm. For those who can’t, help is on the way.

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