Missoulas real estate market is getting a boost from the federal government’s mortgage relief program, which will help people buy homes with lower down payments.
But not everyone is getting the boost.
“I am worried that the mortgage assistance program is a tax grab that will be very hard to get back,” said Scott Tuckerman, an owner of the small commercial real estate office in Missouride, Miss.
He and his wife, Katie, are looking to move their business to Missoulaa because they want to help pay off their home equity loan.
Tuckerman said they have been in the Missoulan market for more than three years and are still waiting for the first wave of mortgage relief to kick in.
When the government’s program first went into effect, Tuckermans mortgage was reduced by 10%.
“Now that is all wiped out,” he said.
That means he and his family will be able to buy a house that was down to $600,000 before the program went into full effect.
Now, they can get back up to $750,000.
For now, they are still trying to find a home for their four children, ages 4 to 12, and two grandchildren, ages 10 and 11.
They have applied for 10 mortgages, but all but one were rejected.
In the meantime, Tucks family has been struggling to find rental homes, even though they were able to get the lower down payment and a mortgage they can afford.
It’s hard for the family to stay afloat, said Tuckemans brother, Scott.
“[Tuckemens mortgage] is a mortgage that he is not going to be able pay down and it’s really not affordable for us.”
“We’re not going into a foreclosure situation.
We don’t have any problems.
We have no problems with it.
We are happy with the loan and the situation,” Tuckemi said.
The Missoulans real estate downturn is a reminder of the economic challenges facing many people in the United States.
While the national unemployment rate is at a six-year low, more than 4 million Americans are out of work.
The median wage has dropped from $29,000 a year in 2007 to $27,000 in 2016, according to a study from the Center for American Progress.
People like Tuckmetterman are struggling.
And now they are hoping the government can help their situation.
A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors found that 36% of people who were eligible for mortgage relief had refinanced their loans.
Even though there are more than 100 million homeowners in the U.S., there are fewer than 10 million who have gotten mortgage relief, according a March report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
One of the main reasons is that banks are taking on too many new customers who are new to the market.
So the federal mortgage program is not designed to help everyone, said Brian J. Drenner, a senior research analyst with the nonprofit National Consumer Law Center.
Instead, the program gives people who can’t afford to pay down their mortgage the chance to refinance it, so they can lower down the cost of their home.
Drenner said the government needs to start targeting the homeowners who can least afford to take on more debt.
Because they can’t refinance their loans, they would be eligible for more assistance.
“That’s not how the government is supposed to help,” Drenners comments.
If the government truly wanted to help these people, it would do so through the mortgage relief system, he said, rather than giving them a refund.
However, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has not said if it plans to roll out a loan forgiveness program.
With the housing market in decline, TUCKERMERS family is struggling to pay the bills.
Katie Tucker is a former teacher, mother and wife who says she had to work to get by.
She said she got her start working as a waitress in the local fast-food restaurant.
Then, she got a job at the Missouridade in 2013, where she worked as a cook.
After she was fired in 2017, she moved back to her hometown, Missoulae, to find work.
Now she works part time at a local grocery store, and she is hoping to find another job.
Last week, Tuckerms wife Katie received an email from her bank informing her that they were unable to renew her mortgage.
There was no way to refloat her mortgage, she said.
“We are very, very upset.
We’re trying to get some help,” Katie said.
“We’re trying so hard to keep up.
We really want to get our house, and now it’s gone.””
They’re not doing anything about it.
It’s very frustrating for us. We need