Foreclosures FLOODING the system
In recent months, 300 to 400 foreclosed homes come up for sale each week in Michigan’s Wayne County. And as of Monday, that will no longer be the case.
“Today I will be stopping all mortgage foreclosure sales in Wayne County, beginning with the sale that was scheduled for this Wednesday,” said Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans in a statement earlier this week.
While some experts question Evans’ authority to enact such a measure, the sheriff argued that he has the power and obligation, under the Troubled Asset Relief Program — which according to Evans, trumps state law — to halt foreclosure sales until “efforts to modify the mortgages of homes covered by TARP have been exhausted.” Because once a foreclosure sale is complete, homeowners lose their rights to the property.
Tricia Raymond, a foreclosure expert and buyer’s agent in Troy, Mich., told the Detroit Free Press that she doubted the effectiveness of the sheriff’s proposal given the high unemployment rate in Michigan. “It’s one thing to work something out with someone, but if they don’t have a job there’s not anything to work out,” Raymond said.
Nonetheless, Evans said “I cannot in clear conscious allow any more families to lose their homes through foreclosure sale until I’m satisfied they have been afforded every option they are entitled to under the law to avoid foreclosure.”
He’s additionally concerned that the large number of vacant homes in Wayne County will become a public safety issue. Studies show that vacant homes are often the target of theft, drug dealing and much more. In his statement Monday, Evans said his office will work with lenders and homeowners to make sure homeowners are provided every viable option to avoid foreclosure, as he believes “very few homeowners have been able to avail themselves” of options that are now available. He urged all other Michigan sheriffs to join in implementing a moratorium on foreclosure sales, as well.
When jobless rates reaches a certain saturation point, the system breaks down. Too few can pay taxes. Even fewer can pay their mortgage. Crime starts to overwhelm police forces to the point that creative actions such as above must be implemented.
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