Reset of Loans Causes Increase in Home-Equity Payments
Written by Emil Fleysher | March 18, 2015 | Bankruptcy
As interest-only periods expire on loans begun during the housing bubble era, 3.3 million homeowners will be facing higher payments during the next four years on home-equity lines of credit, according to RealtyTrac. The Heloc loans that totaled at $158 billion are requiring principal paydowns beginning this 2015 through 2018. There is rising threat over the amount of new defaults due to the new monthly bills increasing an average of $146. This is especially concerning to those homeowners who already have properties underwater.
According to S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values, home prices have gone up 4.5 percent in the last year in 20 major cities. The threat is magnified because slowing price appreciation gives homeowners less hope of gaining equity. Home prices are 16 percent below their July 2006 high, after recovering 29 percent from the post-bubble low in March 2012, the index shows.
Nearly $88 billion of the Heloc debt that began during the last house bubble is backed by homeowner’s who owe more the 125 percent of the resale value of the property and therefore have less incentive to keep up the with payments. Although the reset that took place in 2014 didn’t increase the default, the expectancy for defaults is high due to the increase of payments whose loans are already underwater. RealtyTrac estimates the peak will be 62 percent in 2016.
There are several states that have a high amount of properties that are seriously underwater and that will have borrowers facing a payment increase. RealtyTrac reports that Nevada is at 84 percent, Arizona at 74 percent, and Illinois and Florida matching at 71 percent. However, the state of California has the largest amount of loans that will be scheduled for reset- 645,872 to be exact. Out of those properties, two-thirds of them are seriously underwater with an average Heloc payment increase of $215.
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