In Miami, the mortgage crises continues its ugly march into the record books. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, more than 10% of homeowners with a mortgage had missed at least one payment between January and March of this year. That is a record high and up from 9.1 percent from a year ago.
While many are predicting an improvement soon, the continued high number of homeowners in default or at risk of losing their home to a foreclosure will have a lingering effect on the economy as a whole.
Worse yet is the fact that a Wall Street Journal report reveals that one in four in the government’s loan modification program are dropped. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s April update, the Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP) has 78,356 home loans under active modification, of which 30,923 are in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
On the other hand, we are starting to see some slow progress. For instance, while loan modifications got off to a slow start, housing officials have recently created incentives for lenders and servicers which have resulted in more modifications. Additionally, the number of homeowners starting to show signs of trouble is trending downward. As of March, nearly 3.5% of borrowers had missed at least one month of mortgage payments, down from 3.8% from a year earlier.
But the slow progress we are seeing is not enough to correct a bad situation. Therefore, should loan modifications fail to help, many homes will go up for sale either as a short sale or in a foreclosure sale. Therefore, many are forecasting that home prices will soon see yet another dip as more of these homes go up for sale at deeply discounted prices. While the mortgage crises was initially triggered by lax lending practices, today’s mortgage crises has many reasons other than just a home underwater.
If you are facing a foreclosure, contact our office today to discuss your options. We can be reached at 305-263-7700.