Strategic Default Monitor – How To Strategically Default

Monday, January 24, 2011

Consider Using A Mortgage Calculator, Amortization Table And Property Value Data For A Strategic Default

Part of our job at strategicdefault.org is to review other viewpoints about strategic default. This current post is inspired by another post we found while researching the universe of articles on strategic defaults and foreclosures.


We found this post entitled : “Should I Do a Strategic Default on my Mortgage?” by JLP in his blog All Financial Matters posted December 2, 2010.  

This question was posed by a reader of JLP's blog. The question and answer are as follows:
  • "I bought my condo at precisely the wrong time. I didn’t, however, listen to everyone telling me I could afford to buy more. I did a straight 30 year fixed that I could afford in reality. Of course I am incredibly underwater on my mortgage now. It is depressing, needless to say, and even more so when I feel as if my taxes are helping people who didn’t “do things the right way” and some companies who seemed to have contributed greatly to the problem and are not being held responsible...I live in Illinois, western burbs of Chicago...I bought for $139,000, now owe $122,000 and the most recent sale was $77,000...30 year, 6.75% (which was good then!) percent...When I bought I planned on staying 5 years or so and moving up (didn’t everyone?). I don’t *need* to move. I sure wish I could buy some of the houses on the market now though! For what I paid? I bring home (after taxes) about $40,000 a year. My mortgage + PMI + escrow is almost $1,100...I know there are people in much worse shape. If I lost my job this whine about underwater wouldn’t even exist, you know? Still – just the though of paying even MORE out when I feel like I am not getting any benefit is upsetting, depressing."
         The writer, JLP answers as follows:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year !!!!

Happy New Year. We all made it to 2011. Somehow, someway, to breath another day. 

The feeling of change in the beginning of a new year can be used to create a meaningful focus in our lives. For those of you who read our website...Thank You for visiting and taking time to read our content. 

We believe that your primary concern is how to strategically default the right way with the least financial and emotional impact. We believe you are seeking solutions to protect yourself, family, cash, savings, and wealth when deciding to not pay a debt. 

One thing is for certain in 2011, strategic defaults will continue to rise. Thus the demand (and need!) for solid, reliable, and actionable information will continue to be strong. 

We will be coming out with a new look and feel for our website. It will be easier to access our content based on categories and interest. We will be adding a strategic default calculator, forms, and other tools to better help you with a strategic default. We will continue to provide detailed steps for an effective strategic default. We will be adding a forum for our readers to share their experiences. Our goal is to continue to provide the best and free strategic default resource on the planet. 

We are predicting that the key issues for strategic default this year will be: