Why do Banks want to foreclose on so many homes so quickly?
I have come up with a list of possible foreclosure income streams that get generated when a bank forecloses on a homeowner. This list could explain why the banks are in such a rush to foreclose on a homeowner and not so interested in helping the homeowner.
1. The banks keep the original down payment once a home is foreclosed, which can be anywhere from 5% to 20% of the possibly over inflated value of the home when the foreclosure victim first purchased the home.
2. Home Equity lines, yes, there still are PLENTY of homes that have home equity value in them, which gets forfeited back to the banks as well. Think of it as filling up a piggy bank, and once full, it's all yours, but instead, its broken into and all of the contents go back to the big pig. In many instances, the piggy bank, (the home), is not broken and can be resold again.
3. Fees - lol, I know they exist because they are mentioned in practically every article I read about home foreclosures. The mortgage servicer may try and tack on an additional home insurance policy or pay for legally suspended property taxes then demand payment, which may include additional fees for creating the unnecessary charges.
4. Penalties - such as losing a home because a monthly payment was fourteen cents short and the resulting penalties equaled over 2,000 dollars, when this penalty cannot be paid, future mortgage payments are refused and foreclosure actions are initiated.
5. Accruing Interest charges on fees and penalties. If a fee or penalty is too much to pay, the fee/penalty debt begins accruing interest rate charges and possibly additional penalties as well.
6. Assessing charges for reselling the foreclosed home, such as the ads that are required to resell the foreclosed home and all ensuing paperwork.
7. Professional service fees that can range from attorneys & accountants, to appraisers and home improvement services.
8. MORTGAGE INSURANCE claims on the foreclosed home by the bank, called PMI's, can pay out 20% of the value of the home when originally purchased.
9. Banks can claim Income tax deductions from alleged losses from a foreclosed home.
10. Possibly an infusion of money from the government to the banks that we don't know about that replaces the "lost income" from the foreclosed upon home,
11. A new homeowner's down payment,
12. Monthly payments from the new homeowner,
13. Collecting money from the foreclosed upon homeowner and soon to be indentured debtor since they still owe the difference from the sale price of the house (many times less than 50% of what the foreclosed upon homeowner purchased the home for), plus accruing penalties and fees, and the original mortgage,
14. The foreclosed upon homeowner now has to rent, creating an income stream for some other bank owned property.
15. The foreclosed upon homeowner's credit is ruined and any future credit they do get will be with the worst possible terms, meaning the highest possible interest rates.
By foreclosing on the homeowner, the mortgage servicing company, the holder of the note, and the banks appear to be able to generate 15 income streams!
When Barack Obama helped pioneer HAMP (home affordable mortgage protection) the banks were offered 1,000 dollars to help homeowners reduce their home loans.
If you were either a note holder, investor, or bank, which would you prefer, fifteen income streams for foreclosing on a home, or a shiny 1,000 dollar bill from our government?
If anybody out there has additional forms of income from foreclosure actions that I am unaware of, please contribute them in the comments section.