The leading cause of foreclosures is NEGATIVE EQUITY, and 25% of prime loans have negative equity, 45% of Alt A loans, 50% of subprime loans, and a staggering 73% of Option Arm Loans. High rates of foreclosure look like they will continue for quite some time.
So much has been made of the subprime mortgage meltdown that you would think it was almost totally responsible for the economic collapse, and that once the subprime problem was fixed then the worst would be over.
Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth, despite hitting new highs in foreclosure listing. Instead it was the first round of a three part collapse, and we are on the edge of the second round.