More than 250 homes in Michigan will be included in a mass auction, a testimony of hard times for the state and its residents.
Many Michigan homeowners have had a hard time keeping up with mortgage payments, partly due to devastating lay-offs in the auto industry. Michigan has seen a 25% increase in mortgage defaults in the last year, making it one of the hardest hit states in the country.
The homes up for auction are single-family bank-owned homes, condos and duplexes. The majority of the homes are located within 60 miles of Detroit. Prices are expected to be between $15,000 and $450,000.
Prospective bidders can go online to view the homes.
Across the country, defaults are currently on the rise. Industry experts say that the increases in interest rates, slowing appreciation and reversal of a formerly strong market has left many homeowners with little choice but to default.
Advisors have warned against many nontraditional loan options in the past few years. There are two main causes against low rate adjustable-rate mortgages and option ARMs. The first is that when the rate resets, the payment can often double in size. Many homeowners are stretching to get into the home in the first place. They find that they are unable to make the payment.
This is when the second factor comes into play. Due to the structuring of the mortgage - where most, and with option ARMs all - of the first years of payments go to the interest portion of the bill. Those who put little or no money down and haven't lived in the home for ten years are left with very little equity in the home. If the price hasn't had time to appreciate, they may be unable to sell the home for what they owe on it. With no money to bring to closing, they are forced to default on the mortgage.
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