Why are people still willing to come forward with their B.S. stories for all the world to see???
A comment left at the story says it all:
Let's look at the facts here with the key one being #2:
1) She bought the house at $100,000
2) It went up to $154,000 and she refinanced it at $154,000 which means SHE TOOK OUT $54,000 in cash.
3) Its now down to $120,000 and she cant afford mortgage so she is walking away.
So basically she bought the house with a loan, took out $54,000 in cash to do as pleases, now walking away. And we wonder why banks have struggled. This person took all of the upside ($54,000 cash out) and then walked away when it went down.
There are many sad stories of people losing their house. This is not one of them. This person got somewhere to live and $54,000 cash out over a period of years. They are the example of why the people are to blame for this problem just as the banks have a lot of blame to take. This is an example of a case where you should be just as mad at this person as you are at the banks as they both caused problems by their behavior.
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Commentary at Calculated Risk: Is this really "Walking Away"?
2010-01-31:I'm walking from my underwater mortgage
-or- How I tapped my Sweet Home Equity and Now I'm Bailing
I stopped paying my $1,450-a-month mortgage on my 200-year-old, four-bedroom home in September 2008 -- after making the hard decision to walk away from my mortgage because it is hopelessly underwater.
This house originally cost $100,000. In 2005, as the housing market heated up and I needed cash, I refinanced it. An appraiser said it was worth $154,000 -- which I thought was too high but nonetheless accepted. I cashed out the house at that value.
And here is the house...
327 church st, Royersford, PA
4 beds, 1.0 baths, 1,577 sq ft