Monday, May 30, 2011

Letter To A Friend - When Will These Criminal Politicians Actually Do Something To Fix The Housing Market

 Dear Friend,

Came across this article this morning.

It seems to indicate that the housing market is still in flux. The article says that people are more inclined to rent and to wait it out and buy when they think the market has bottomed out sometime in 1914. Not a home sellers market for sure it would appear. But I'm sure there are other factors that come into play depending on the particular house that's being sold. Such as the location and what type of house it is exactly.

I know I was surprised when I saw what some of the houses in my West Seattle rental's neighborhood were selling for.....  It's hard to get a buyer to purchase a house (probably the biggest investment most buyers will make in their lifetime) when they think the market prices are going to drop if they just wait a couple more years. Maybe a time to reconnoiter and dig in for the long haul.  Rent the house out again and wait for the market to bottom out. Sell every thing in two or three years. Develop a three to five year plan of some kind when it comes to your property and hope interest rates don't go through the roof in the meantime. Which is a whole other story. 

I just don't know and I doubt anyone really does right now, and the uncertainty is the biggest part of the problem.

In many ways if you could find a buyer in this market it maybe the exact time to sell given that home prices maybe headed even lower. Not really encouraging news for sure for owners of homes or rental property, but reality bites sometimes. According to the article people are more prone to rent then buy, meaning it's a landlords market especially in a big cities like Seattle where the economy is doing better then the national average and rental housing would supposedly be in demand.

There is a way to make it work out to your advantage in the long run I hope. But the government should be doing more to help. Up to now I don't see things like the making homes affordable program doing the job. I've been down that route personally with my property and the banks are just not interested in making a deal even though it maybe better for them it would seem then you being forced to walk away from the property. I think they know that the market is still pretty toxic and why lend money if they're not forced to or if your house is just going to be underwater even if they give you that modified mortgage.

As we know, when the great recession happened in 2008 it was mostly center in the collapse and toxic nature of the real estate market, bad loans, over valued properties and home owners leverage to the hilt. Many people predicted that until all the millions of bad mortgages were worked through, the economy would remain slow and stagnated. Everybody had borrowed to the hilt using their house as collateral, and now their stuck with the debt and no way to sell their devalued property for the amounts of money they need to pay off the lender, their house being worth less or even underwater. We have a record number of foreclosures or people just walking away from the property and telling the bank it's your problem now.

When the depression hit the world in the 1930's FDR's New Deal created a government agency that bought distressed properties or provided low interest loans for homeowners in trouble so they could stay in the house. Some of the properties were bought by the government and later sold back to home buyers as the market for housing stabilized. The government in the long run actually made money on the proposition. Now when you go to the bank the lender denies your refinance or loan modification request even though you've got great credit and a willingness to work something out. Many homeowners are left with nothing else to do but let the house go into foreclosure or just walk away.

We need a massive new program like the depression era one today. Ultimately it would help stabilize the overall economy more quickly and hopefully rid us of all the toxic mortgages and uncertainty that only delays recovery.  But the political climate is toxic with all these politically compromised politicians in charge who don't give a shit if you lose your house or not. In fact the way the Republicans act they rather see the economy tank in order to use it as centerpiece argument for  their reelection. So getting reelected and maintaining the corporate oligarchy is more important than helping the average American stay in his home or sell his home for these criminals.  By criminals I mean the politicians in charge and the financial industry who the government did bail out.

They'd obviously would rather spend billions on war and giving the oil companies and the rich tax breaks then help working class home owners weather the damn economic crisis.

I guess it time for the revolution.

Sincerely yours,


1 comment:

  1. It's ALMOST time for the revolution. It will be the time when things get even worse than they are now, which is not only possible but likely if the economy continues to sputter. Especially when banks fail to see that their own interests are tied to helping people recover instead of kicking them when they are down by taking away the most valuable asset they (almost) own. Our nation is now more a house of cards than it has ever been in the past, thanks to corporate greed, which has shipped manufacturing jobs overseas in pursuit of incremental profits, not realizing (or, more likely, not caring) that the jobs they gave away were the foundation of our country's middle class. For most of the twentieth century, what made America the economic powerhouse of the world was its vertically integrated economy - we procured many of our own raw materials, had a manufacturing base that was the envy of the world, and exported quality goods to every corner of the planet. What we have now is largely a "service" economy based on retail (shopping and restaurants), risk management (banking and insurance), and technology (engineering and biotech). What we don't have is the manufacturing base upon which the middle class was built; that is, a source of jobs that pay a living wage but do not require an advanced degree for participation. Instead, due to greed, those jobs were sent to the lowest bidder. There will always be a lower bidder, but somewhere along the way someone forgot that the lowest bid isn't always the best deal...