- Homeownership Makes Most Americans Poorer
From 2009 to 2011, the mean net worth of the top 7 percent of American households rose by 28 percent, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93 percent dropped by 4 percent, largely because wealthy Americans have the bulk of their holdings in stocks and bonds while most Americans rely heavily on home equity for their personal wealth.
- High Rates of Default Among HAMP Borrowers
Among the various White House initiatives aimed at reducing the devastating numbers of foreclosures that have plagued the United States over the last few years, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has been a controversial target of both praise and criticism. According to a recent report by the Office of the Special General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the delinquency and default rates among many of the earliest HAMP recipients are reaching levels of deep concern.
- U.S. Mortgage Delinquency Levels Drop Significantly
Mortgage delinquencies, defaults and foreclosures have been an absolute drag on the United States economy since the bursting of the housing bubble years ago. As the housing market recovers, however, the number of borrowers unable to make payments or hold on to their homes is thankfully diminishing.