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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Strategic defaults

Even solvent homeowners who aren’t forced into foreclosure still find it beneficial to walk away from their houses. “Strategic defaults,’ says The Los Angeles Times, are becoming a problem for mortgage lenders.

We didn’t read the article. Instead, we began to think. What if we owned a house worth $200,000 with a $300,000 mortgage? What would be the smart thing to do? Easy…walk away from it. Then, buy it back at auction!

Desperate consumers do what they have to do. Canny consumers do what’s smart. And now it’s smart to walk away from any debt that you don’t actually have to pay.
-- from "There’s No Flu Shot for the Thrift Bug" by Bill Bonner

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