It didn’t used to be that way. Listening to the stories of foreclosure evictions provides an eyewitness viewpoint of how it happened. This is important because it provides a background against which to decide solutions. The overhang of foreclosed homes for sale is pummeling home prices and laying waste to entire neighborhoods. In the process, consumer spending has suffered mightily and deepened the recession as Americans have seen the value of their most important assets, their homes, are falling in value.
Bonus Paper The Great Recession of 2007-2009 was very harmful to the economy of the United states. Many people lost their jobs and were forced to work at lower wages, so the demand for consumer goods dropped. Homeowners were also hurt because the value of housing and real estate crashed. This decrease in wealth pushed back the retirement age for many people. The financial situation was especially worrisome for my personal household during the Great Recession.
When thinking of a solution to the foreclosure crisis our country now faces, we have to analyze how this all started. People cannot afford their mortgages, and since their house is worth less than they are paying for it, now that the housing market has plummeted, why not just let the bank take their house rather than paying? The smart economic decision their by the homeowner would be to let the bank foreclose on their house and look to buy another for much cheaper. That is the problem. Due to the severe decline in housing prices, people who bought their house about five years ago are paying more than the house is worth.
Presently in the United States millions of homeowners are facing the prospect of losing their homes due to bank foreclosure. An event if allowed to occur has the potential of collapsing not only our financial system, but our social fabric as a nation. The unfolding crisis has prompted the US Government to enact aggressive monetary stimulus designed to reverse the downward spiral of home values. Unfortunately this approach has failed to achieve any meaningful results and perhaps has acted more as a red herring to conceal the real issues causing this debt implosion. With billions of dollars being pumped into the banking system why then are banks still timid to continue financing home loans?
It’s hard when a home becomes a house: left with walls, stripped of memories. It’s disheartening when a family becomes a number: left with foreclosure, stripped of dignity. In 2007, over-extended borrowers began to default on their sub-prime mortgages; mortgages that increased as more and more families chased the American dream during the housing boom. The interest rates were “teasingly” low, but more detrimentally, they were variable. When mortgage rates were readjusted, homeowners found that they could no longer pay the upped monthly payments.
Housing inflation were inversely related to both foreclosure and delinquency rates. The rates dropped drastically over the years which led to increased house prices that almost collapsed the mortgage programs. As a result of the crisis in subprime mortgages, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) program was introduced in the beginning of October 2008 by the United State government that enabled the purchase of equity and as... ... middle of paper ... ...s that had surpluses back to the country. Works Cited Kaminsky, G., & Reinhart, C. (1999). The Twin Crises: The Causes of Banking and Balance of Payment Problems, American Economic Review, 89, (3), 473–500.
The economic recession of the late 2000s has been called the greatest economic downturn our country has faced since the Great Depression. American businesses and banks are failing, foreclosures are spreading like wildfire, and unemployment numbers have reached double digits. Under our current president, many are optimistic, but many others are fearful for the future. Economists have different speculations regarding the causes of the “Great Recession”. Some blame it on higher prices for necessities like oil.
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