Now there are anecdotes emerging of sellers who are in debt:
This exchange on RE Talks:
“I’ve heard so many stories of Sellers not having any dough.
It’s not getting any better, either.”
“I know some investors who would love to sell, but won’t because there is no profit on the table. They are underwater on the deals. Now they are bleeding money every month, paying a tenant to live in their investment. They tell me the negative cash flow each month is like Chinese water torture. I wonder if there are any homeowners in this situation?”
“I think it’s a pretty common scenario. There is a newish house in Shaughnessy that the owner picked up in the fall of 2007 for $2.8m. He now can’t sell it even for $1.9m. While he waits (for what I’m not sure), he’s got it rented out for $4000/month.”