Foreclosure crisis has already claimed 5 million homes, 3 to 4 million more to go in the next couple of years. Article from MSN. Here is the preview. For full article click on headline.
No end in sight to foreclosure quagmire
By Lisa Myers, Rich Gardella and John W. Schoen
NBC News and msnbc.com
5/9/2011 7:28:34 AM ET
Four years after a wave of rogue mortgage lending sent the U.S.
housing market into the worst collapse since the Great Depression, the
devastating flood of resulting foreclosures shows no sign of abating. In
some ways, the problem is getting worse.
House prices are falling again, forcing more homeowners â€œunderwaterâ€ â€”
owing more than their house is worth. Lendersâ€™ shoddy document
practices have brought widespread court challenges, slowing the process
and leaving millions of homeowners in limbo.
And the foreclosure crisis continues to weigh heavily on the fragile economy.
â€œRight now, itâ€™s the second-biggest drag on the economy after the
surge in oil prices,â€ said Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi.
Already some 5 million homes have been lost to foreclosure; estimates
of future foreclosures range widely. Zandi, who has followed the
mortgage mess since the housing market began to crack in 2006, figures
foreclosures will strike another three million homes in the next three
or four years.