Posted by admin on August 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm
The latest development in the rapidly deteriorating housing market is the news that many homeowners now have mortgages that are worth more than the value of their homes. These owners, granted 90 to 100% mortgages at a time when bankers were more than happy to give away cheap money, have found themselves in a situation where paying off their mortgage would leave them significantly out of pocket.
The BBC reports today that 3 million people are now living in negative equity.
There are also reports that some homeowners in America are actually abandoning their homes to repossession because, while they can afford to keep up on their mortgage repayments, if they continue to do so it will end up costing them much more than their property is worth.