A Surge Of FHA Foreclosures Are About To Hit The Market

by Len Dietrich on April 15, 2012


Last month I uncovered a captivating article on The Wall Street Journal website and a surge of FHA foreclosures are about to hit the market. The article revealed that mortgage default rates were declining for nearly most loan types with the lone exception being FHA types of financing. Those default rates had actually intensified.

Why you may ask? Well, when the market fumbled, the government initiated tax incentives for first time home-buyers and hordes of potential new buyers flooded the market. Many of those consumers were cash strapped therefore most were encouraged to use Federal Housing Administration financing for the low down payment opportunities. And, in countless states, if a buyer used this financing there were programs for $100 down payments. Some states still grant this program while others have abandoned it. My mind began to rattle when I began to think about what actually has taken place over the past couple years.

Here is my evaluation. During 2008-2010 the cash strapped buyers ran towards securing their piece of the American Dream: home ownership. Many of those buyers didn’t consider the likelihood that they may not have a place of employment in three years. While most were poised and ready and could actually afford the 3.5% down what they didn’t account for was that the economic system was going to continue to descend. And, most first time buyers that took advantage of the first time home buyer tax options are now in the unemployment line. They are defaulting at an unprecedented rate.

Additionally I understand that the government is going to elevate the down payment for FHA types of loans. This is really going to bruise our industry. Federal Housing Administration financing was put in place to give a lift to first time home buyers when purchasing a house by offering low down payments. Elevating the minimum down payment for these types of loans will put the home out of reach for many home buyers. It is truly a catastrophe in the making. While one person’s catastrophe is another man’s opportunity this will open many new sales options for real estate investors. Essentially, less competition in the market place will empower investors to rush in and pick up awesome deals on homes.

I’m really not sure how all of this is going to wash out in the foreseeable future but I can say that we are in uncharted territory. My best forecast is that troubling times are advancing. If the home buyers that purchased homes between 2008-2010 and used fha financing continue defaulting there is going to be a tidal wave of FHA foreclosures coming on the market. This will amplify the inventory of HUD owned homes coming on the market place. I’m guessing HUD will slowly cut loose these homes a little bit at a time as they will not be in any hurry to liquidate. IF they did rush it then it would crash the market. So, look for HUD sales to be the new gold standard in real estate of the future. No doubt about it!

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