Many Americans are still picking up the pieces and feeling the effects of foreclosure, a decade after the housing crisis. years after the housing crisis.
During the economic crisis, many of these homeowners tried to get loan modifications from their banks to no avail. Others reported that their banks falsely denied them loan modifications that would have allowed them to stay in their homes. Wells Fargo is one bank that has been accused of denying homeowners loan modifications that they otherwise would have been qualified to receive, and as a result, these homeowners were forced into short sale or even foreclosure.
As of the second quarter in 2018, 64.3 percent of households owned the home in which they lived. This number is lower than what it was in 2004 just as the real estate markets were booming in Florida and other states, where homeownership was up at 69.2 percent.
In minority neighborhoods, the after effects of the housing crisis are worse. In the second quarter of 2018, 41.6 percent of African Americans in homes owned their homes with 46.6 percent of Hispanics reporting as homeowners. Of these households, 50.2 percent of them earned less than the national median family income.
The areas that were hit the hardest by the foreclosures were also hurt in terms of property values. As more homes are subject to foreclosure, the resulting prices for other homes in the same neighborhood also took a hit. If any of those homeowners wanted to get a second mortgage or other home equity loan later, these lower home prices made that possibility more difficult.
The housing crisis was a direct result of subprime lending to low-and-moderate income individuals. Of those targeted for these loans were minorities who were hit the hardest and have seemed to have the most difficult time in rebounding.
The crisis also resulted in bank regulations meant to prevent this same type of event from occurring. Banks have made the standards stricter, only allowing those borrowers who have excellent credit to get a mortgage, which means those who did end up losing their homes through foreclosure are not able to get a mortgage at all. The result is these individuals are stuck in rental properties, not able to build up equity and struggling to rebuild their credit so that they can get a mortgage in the future. If these individuals are able to get a mortgage, it is at an interest rate that is much higher than they previously would have received. This problem has created a cycle of homeowners being trapped in mortgages they cannot afford or individuals who are simply not able to become homeowners.
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