Housing Market Crash of 2007 & How We’re Bouncing Back

Americans would agree that the 2007 housing crash was the worst in U.S. History.

The crash began when Freddie Mac declared they were no longer doing

business with risky subprime (poor credit history) borrowers after too many lenders

were giving loans to people who couldn’t afford to pay back the money. This leads to a

worldwide credit crunch resulting in no subprime loans being available. Subprime

American Home Mortgage files for bankruptcy–this was the start of the market crash

(DeGrace).

3 Million home buyers forclosed on their homes with unemployment rising above

10% leading to the worst recession since the 1980s. With lenders not lending and

buyers not being able to buy; sellers can’t sell, which then leads to a crash.

In Sept of 2008, the U.S. treasury took over both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,

along with its 5 Trillion dollars in mortgages (DeGrace). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

were placed into conservatorship by the director of FHFA (Federal Housing Finance

Agency) to be under the control of the FHFA. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

spoke out about the conservatorship of the two Mortgage companies. Henry stated “that

conservatorship was the only form in which I would commit taxpayer money to the

GSEs.” He further explained,”I attribute the need for today’s action primarily to the

inherent conflict and flawed business model embedded in the GSE structure, and to the

ongoing housing correction,”(Paulson).

Meanwhile this was going on, families were being pushed further into debt.

People were living off of their credit cards because of job layoffs. Credit scores were

being damaged as a result of the overuse in credit that couldn’t be paid off. Collection

agencies dinging hard working Americans who were trying to stay above water, but with

their credit ruined any chance of buying a home was destroyed. Any chance of a home

loan was done with extensive research by the lender and the borrower cutting through

red tape. Houses were being foreclosed and homes couldn’t be bought without loans,

many abandoned houses were left to decay.

Now let’s lead into 2014, there are plenty of reasons to be down on housing.

Affordability declined over the past year, and it’s hard to get a loan. Young families aren’t

buying many houses. A low number of homes available for purchase has been

constraining sales, (Mantell). Here’s one important reason for optimism: Employers are

picking up hiring. “If people are working and not afraid of losing their jobs, they are more

likely to make a commitment to obtain a mortgage,” said Nicolas Retsinas, senior

lecturer in real estate at Harvard Business School. “As the broader economy rebounds,

that gives tailwinds to the housing market,” (Mantell).

The housing market is still far from ideal. More work is needed to be done before

we can exhale a sigh of relief. Foreclosed homes are starting to be lived in; meanwhile,

construction of new homes are being postponed. “Let’s fill up the houses we do have

before building new ones!” With that, many homes are being remodeled, so

homeowners’ home’s value may go back up again. Sites like http://

www.remodelwyse.com, and http://www.remodelingexpense.com/ are helping

homeowner’s bring their homes back to life and give abandoned houses a chance to be

homes. Let’s get our neighborhoods back.

Article References:

DeGrace, Tom. “The Housing Market Crash of 2007 and What Caused the

Crash.” Stock Picks System. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

Mantell, Ruth. “Why the Housing Market May Bounce Back.” MarketWatch. N.p., n.d.

Web. 09 Nov. 2014.