Reuters is reporting that 1 out of every 8 homeowners (approximately 12%
of homeowners) in the United States is late on mortgage payments or in
the foreclosure process. That is a staggering statistic. In California, the problem is worse than
the nation as a whole, so the number is probably even higher for California.
I think we are close to where the bottom for home prices should be (based
mostly on income ratios), but due to all of these foreclosures, I think
home prices are going to continue to drop to a number lower than what
prices should be. For people with cash (and maybe first-time home buyers
who can get a loan), that will be an opportune time to buy. Everyone else
is in for a difficult ride.