By JLP | November 16, 2009
Just watched this video clip on Larry Winget’s facebook page:
Regardless of what the guy does, he’s in deep doo doo. He paid $340,000 (financing $272,000) for a house that is now worth between $120,000 and $140,000. He can afford the payment but is still thinking about walking away since the purchase is no longer in his favor. I wish I had more details regarding his situation but I don’t. That one advisor who talks about the after-tax cost of the mortgage makes some sense in that the true cost of the mortgage is less than this guy thinks it is.
Still, using a current value for the house of $140,000, at a 3% appreciation rate, it would take 30 years for the house to appreciate back to the purchase price. An appreciation rate of 5% would take 18 years. Bottom line: this guy’s going to be underwater for a long time.