Financial non-commitment: "You Walk Away"

Facing Default, Some Walk Out on New Homes


Last year the median down payment on home purchases was 9 percent, down from 20 percent in 1989, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. Twenty-nine percent of buyers put no money down. For first-time home buyers, the median was 2 percent. And many borrowed more than the price of the home in order to cover closing costs.

“I think I could make a case that some borrowers were ‘renting’ (with risk), rather than owning,” Nicolas P. Retsinas, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, said in an e-mail message.

For some people, then, foreclosure becomes something akin to eviction — a traumatic event, and a blow to one’s credit record, but not one that involves loss of life savings or of years spent scrimping to buy the home.

“There certainly appears to be more willingness on the part of borrowers to walk away from mortgages,” said John Mechem, spokesman for the Mortgage Bankers Association, who noted that in the past, many would try to save their homes.

Comment: The housing market would stabilize if we returned to the standard of 20% down! The You Walk Away website!


  1. While I believe that the Law of Christ ("whatsoever I have commanded you") is the law in effect for NT believers and that law doesn't prohibit debt, I am convinced that integrity/honesty is clearly taught in the NT and in my circumstances today, it would be a clear issue of sin in my life to simply "walk away" from my mortgage. It such a shame that many others don't view it that way...

  2. Well said, Paul. Jim, I took a look at their site, and I think I've got a good explanation of what's going on on my site. More or less, it's "my lawyer is bigger than your lawyer."

  3. Paul,

    I commend you for your position!

    God bless,



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