Underwater Homes

foreclosure defense lawyer in New YorkThe term “underwater homes” means the home is worth less than the amount owed on its mortgage. Another way of referring to a home that has a mortgage greater than its value is “negative equity”. Most people who are in underwater homes are unable to sell their home or refinance it. At the height of the real estate crisis in America in 2012, approximately one-third of all homes in the United States were underwater. Today, approximately 15% of homes in the United States are underwater. This represents about 12% of all homeowners in the country, or approximately 950,000 homeowners have homes which are underwater. In many instances, homeowners’ homes are so far underwater that the mortgage is twice the value of their home.

Real estate values have been going up recently. However, many homes in America are so far underwater these homes will never reach a point of having equity in them.

Lack of Funds and Bad Credit

This can result in the homeowner trying to rent a home when they don’t have sufficient funds to pay the security and one month’s rent on a rental apartment or rental home. They also will most likely have a low credit score because they are behind on their mortgage payments. Landlords do not like to rent homes to families that have bad credit.

What Should Homeowners With Underwater Homes Do?

The best recommendation would be to consult with a foreclosure defense attorney. What homeowners of underwater homes should not do is move out and abandon their homes. The fact their home is underwater and they are behind on their mortgage, does not mean they are in imminent threat of losing their home and being forced out of it. In most situations, it is in the homeowner’s best interest to continue to live in their home. Many homeowners do not understand the full implications of simply moving out of their home, abandoning it and not paying their mortgage.


Don’t move out of your home solely if you are behind on your mortgage payments. Try to obtain a mortgage modification. Seek out an experienced foreclosure lawyer and review your options with him or her.New York foreclosure defense lawyer

The Housing Market in 2011

Most major markets in the United States have had a decline in housing prices in January and February of this year. Although there has been a reduction in unemployment in the United States, this has not caused the housing market to rebound.

Inventory Issues

According to the National Association of Realtors, there are 3.5 millions homes that are listed for sale in the United States. Based on the current rate of sales, the inventory of homes can supply the market for 8.6 months. This number does not include homes that are being foreclosed on by financial institutions. There is approximately an additional 1.8 million homes that should be considered on the market at this time. This would make the inventory of homes to be sold closer to 11 months.

Underwater Homes

The inventory figures do not take into consideration the 2 million homes which are currently underwater. If these homes are added to the inventory list, it brings the amount of homes that need to be sold for the market to reach a current equilibrium to an inventory of two years.

Are You Selling Your House In the Near Future?

If you plan on selling your house in the near future, you should look into the real estate sales in your local area. I strongly suggest that you confer with local real estate agents to get a better understanding concerning your local market place.

Home Prices

The value of homes in the large metropolitan areas of the United States has started to creep up again. Taking into consideration the fact that mortgage rates are at historic lows, it is still a purchaser’s market. Even if the sale prices of homes stabilize, we are still looking at a purchaser’s market for a long time to come.

Foreclosure Opportunities

Our office can help you with foreclosure defense, mortgage modifications, dealing with mortgage modification programs that fail, defective mortgage issues, options in foreclosures, defective foreclosures lawsuits, predatory lending and other real estate related issues. We also assist our clients concerning foreclosure related bankruptcy issues. We file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies on behalf of our clients. We maintain a foreclosure blog for reference and educational purposes. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-3502802.

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