Two Extremes: Paying on Underwater Mortgages, and Living in Default
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The following articles illustrate two extremes we’ve discussed before. The first is about borrowers with significant negative equity who are still paying their mortgage. They can’t refinance. They can’t sell. And it is difficult to move for new employment. This is probably a drag on economic growth.
And at the other extreme are borrowers staying in their homes for extended periods without paying their mortgage or property taxes. This might be providing some “stealth stimulus” for the economy. Note: Some people call this the “squatter stimulus”, but I think that term is demeaning since many of these people are facing serious financial problems and living with uncertainty.