Either way it does not sound to good - but it is sure fun to read. Sounds as bright as the math teacher that had monthly housing payments of $10,000 on the $50,000 salary. Maybe the bubble blogs should start a RE Darwin awards - there is definitely a lot of material out there, just this week we have two good contenders this week. Well, lets get started with the story -
When he took out a $206,000 home-equity line of credit in 2007, Kevin Hall thought he'd secured all the funding he'd ever need for a major remodeling project at his Carlsbad home.
That's why his heart skipped a beat when he went online in February to transfer money from his account. He discovered that his credit line had been slashed to $72,000. Formal notification wouldn't arrive in the mail for several weeks.
“I got sucker-punched on the thing,” said Hall, who manages a ReMax real estate office in La Jolla. “I was at the point in construction where the drywall was going up. I was flabbergasted.”
Deep into his project, which included kitchen remodeling, landscaping and the construction of a granny flat, Hall contacted his lender to find out if there had been a mistake. There hadn't.
Like thousands of borrowers, Hall was a victim of falling real estate values. In Washington Mutual's judgment, the home equity used to secure the credit line had significantly declined. And under the terms of the agreement, the bank had the right to pull the plug.
Once again he is in the real estate field and now decided would be a good time to get into more RE debt. Well since bubbles are for bathtubs and real estate always goes up and now is a good time to buy he probably knew what he was doing. At least there are some intelligent people out there, lets take a look -
Mark Goldman, a real estate finance instructor at San Diego State University, said it makes no sense for banks to notify borrowers before they reduce their line of credit.
“Of course they aren't going to call you up and say we're taking a look at your loan,” he said. “The borrower, upon receiving that notice, would likely draw down the remaining available balance on the home-equity line.”
People really think that any amount quoted during their bubble is their to spend. The advertising used to sell HELOCs seemed to have worked too good. Now everyone is convinced they are brilliant and know the best way to use their own money. Only problem is the money is not there and most of us are really not that smart.