A growing number of Americans are facing a crisis of affordability, with some facing crippling debt and others struggling to repay their mortgages.
Here’s a look at what’s going on. 1.
Mortgage insurance gap: A growing share of Americans say they are in default on their mortgages, according to the latest Consumer Financial Protection Bureau survey.
That means their debts have increased in the past two years and they have less disposable income.
According to the new report, which was released Tuesday, 46 percent of borrowers say they have more debt than income.
That number includes 28 percent who have more than $250,000 in debt, 23 percent with more than that amount, and 13 percent who are not sure.
The survey also found that 44 percent of Americans have debt that is more than five years old, up from 42 percent in April.
The percentage of borrowers with debt that’s more than 10 years old is now at 30 percent.
In addition, 46 per cent of borrowers who have mortgages have more student debt than household income, up seven percentage points from February.
The proportion of borrowers in this category has more than doubled in the last two years, to 33 percent.
That figure has increased to 30 percent of consumers.
The consumer watchdog agency said the growing debt burden is impacting the health of borrowers and impacting their ability to pay off their debts.
“These loans are often held by people who can’t afford the loan payments or can’t borrow enough to cover their monthly payments,” the bureau wrote.
It also found “a growing number” of borrowers are facing default on loan payments because they don’t have enough income to pay their bills.
As of February, 47 percent of all borrowers were in default, the bureau said.
There is no guarantee that borrowers will get out of default without a reduction in payments.
But some borrowers who are struggling to pay may consider filing for bankruptcy.
Some of those who have reached this stage have reported their debts as large as $250.
Mortgage interest rates are climbing: The federal government has extended a mortgage loan for three years at a rate of 6.4 percent.
At that rate, mortgage rates will be at their highest since 2007.
But that means some borrowers have had to make a bigger jump in their payments to get out.
According to one recent analysis by Moody’s Analytics, rates have increased to 6.75 percent for some borrowers and 6.99 percent for others.
Those rates include the 5.25 percent annual percentage rate on home loans and a 1.8 percent rate on auto loans.
Moody’s also said interest rates have been climbing at a pace that is “much higher than the historical average” and that they could rise higher.
Rates on student loans are at their lowest in more than two decades: The median monthly payments on student loan loans have declined more than 30 percent since 2009, according the National Student Loan Data System.
At the same time, the median interest rate on student debt, which includes student loans, has also dropped to 3.5 percent, down from a peak of 6 percent in 2015.
That means some students may have been able to borrow enough money to pay for college and save for retirement, but they don