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Falling House Prices Impact Us All

May 30, 2008
It is becoming more and more apparent that the significant drop in house prices, initially only seen as a problem for sub-prime borrowers, is becoming as much a problem for prime-borrowers too. This affluent segment of consumers have already started to feel the pinch but the crisis is set to deepen even further. Borrowers that were privy to extended fixed rate periods will gradually begin to reach the end of this lower rate period and will then be subjected to higher rates as well as lower house prices.

Losing Equity

Virtually the entire market has seen a significant drop in house prices. This includes those that initially put down a large amount of money against their property. With house prices looking set to drop as much as 25% lower than their boom prices in 2005, this means that all but the long term homeowners will see the equity that they have amassed in their homes quickly dwindle.

Mortgage Reset Periods

The mortgage reset period is when the fixed rate term ends and the consumer is moved onto a variable rate. A consumer's mortgage essentially resets from a fixed rate to a variable rate. Due to the rise in rates, this means resetting onto what is typically a much higher rate of interest and similarly higher mortgage repayments.

More To Come

The market has already witnessed the reset period for the sub-prime market and the consequences were, and still are, catastrophic. Prime market borrowers were offered longer fixed rate periods usually amounting to five years. This means that the reset period for these mortgages has yet to come. In another 18 months, the more affluent market of prime-loan borrowers will be hit by this same rise in rates and this will be coupled with house prices that are expected to have dropped even further by that same time.

Why Debt Settlement Will Prove Even More Popular With Lenders

Because lenders will recognize that they are unlikely to recover the majority of their debts even through legal action, they will look for more viable alternatives. Debt settlement is, for the lender and the debtor, one of the most beneficial of these alternatives. Lenders know that they face losing a large proportion of their money through legal action and even if they do recover much of their money it can take many years to do so. In contrast, debt settlement at least offers them a good portion of this money and in a shorter period of time.

The Rise Of The Debt Settlement Program

As such, debt settlement looks to be the best all round option available. Because lenders see it as their most likely method of recovering money, and it enables debtors to avoid legal action or bankruptcy, we predict that debt settlement will become an even more popular option in the coming months and years. Put simply, it offers the best option for all parties involved. Falling housing prices and rising mortgage payments have forced many consumers to turn to alternative forms of credit.
About the Author
Chris Markt is one of the founders of DebtSettlementOne.com which is a professional debt settlement company offering debt settlement programs to consumers that require financial help.
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