At present there are millions of Americans with home loans that distressingly underwater. It looks like that they would not receive any relief from their existing lender or administration if they carry on paying their mortgages. Many of them pay high mortgage rates and they will not get rate help or can not refinance their mortgages. But, if they do not get reasonable rate reductions from their existing lenders should they keep paying their underwater home mortgages?
Naturally it will take years for the housing market to recover and save them from homes that they could not get rid of. Surely there would be credit impact of handing the keys over to lender for a few years, however is their situation enviable under current conditions. They can not still buy house or sell their home now in current position unless taking large reductions. Really what is the objective in paying a mortgage that is fifty percentage point underwater just now? In addition to they are paying higher monthly payments due to high mortgage rates they are chained to.
As long as they remain in today’s state, their property will keep deteriorating and they can not do something about it. Who would patch the roof or have a new kitchen for a home that has already cost them a lot. Can there be kindness for that house.
Considering that house prices could not go up in a hurry, what would they lose if they can not buy a home as a consequence of default recorded against them for escaping away from their current home? They can not refinance at the moment anyway or sell their home. On the other hand by beginning intentional default now, they would be able to remain in their house free of charge till the bank forecloses it. Looking for a new beginning may be the path to take. Expectedly, by the time real estate valuations starts getting better all their bad credit will be rebuilt.
The only way anyone will care of people paying their underwater mortgages will be; should they begin returning keys in masses. They will clearly not receive a medal for being a persevering debtor.