Underwater Homeowners Numbers Surge

By Mike Colpitts The number of homeowners underwater on mortgages reached 11.1 million during the final quarter of 2011, representing 22.8% of U.S. residential properties, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic. The increase marks a surge of 400,000 mortgage holders who are upside down on mortgages from the previous quarter. Declining home values in… Continue reading Underwater Homeowners Numbers Surge

Homeowners Overpaying Property Taxes

By Mike Colpitts Home values have dropped so much that the majority of U.S. homeowners are overpaying on property taxes, according to a leading consumer protection group. “We’re telling people to get an appraisal, an independent appraisal to find out what their property is really worth to see if they’re overpaying,” said Tom Martin, president… Continue reading Homeowners Overpaying Property Taxes

Foreclosures Decline with Robo-Signing Troubles

By Mike Colpitts Foreclosures rose by only a slim margin in January, but declined 17% over year ago figures as banks and mortgage servicing companies temporarily halted foreclosures in 26 states in the robo-signing scandal, according to RealtyTrac. Foreclosure filings were posted against 261,333 residential properties during the month, a slim 1% increase over December.… Continue reading Foreclosures Decline with Robo-Signing Troubles

Revolt Grows as More Homeowners Stop Paying Mortgages

By Mike Colpitts Millions of homeowners are living in their homes without paying mortgages as more mortgage holders revolt against banks and mortgage servicing companies in America’s growing foreclosure crisis. Some mortgage borrowers are trying to work with banks and mortgage companies. Others have tired over the hassles it takes to work with lenders to… Continue reading Revolt Grows as More Homeowners Stop Paying Mortgages

Home Prices Decline Less in Hardest Hit Markets

By Mike Colpitts Where home prices are still declining they are deflating at a slower rate for the second year in a row, a new Housing Predictor survey has found. The hardest hit markets in the nation, including places in California, Nevada, Arizona, Rhode Island and Florida are experiencing less deflation than in early 2010.… Continue reading Home Prices Decline Less in Hardest Hit Markets

Settlement Likely in Robo-Signing Foreclosure Probe

By Kevin Chiu Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who is spearheading the 50 state probe into the robo-signing foreclosure scandal is seeking a settlement agreement with the major banks involved in the mess. Statements made by bank employees admitting to signing foreclosure documents in sworn affidavits without checking their accuracy led to the foreclosure scandal… Continue reading Settlement Likely in Robo-Signing Foreclosure Probe

Four States Cities Lead Foreclosure Crisis in 2010

By Mike Colpitts Four states cities accounted for 19 of the top 20 metropolitan U.S. foreclosure centers in 2010 as the foreclosure crisis gained momentum in the majority of the nation, despite moratoriums put in place by five major national lenders, according to RealtyTrac. California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona cities accounted for the most foreclosures.… Continue reading Four States Cities Lead Foreclosure Crisis in 2010

Sunshine States Carry Foreclosure Slide

By Mike Colpitts Major sunshine state metropolitan areas accounted for the top 19 of 20 foreclosure rates in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year, according to the quarterly report compiled by RealtyTrac. California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona cities had the highest number of repossessed residential properties. Among all the metro areas tracked… Continue reading Sunshine States Carry Foreclosure Slide