I found a group called ‘Reset’ who are group hoping to lobby on behalf of people in negative equity and arrears in the UK and Ireland. They have a presentation which I have posted part of.
Why Negative Equity Matters: Lower house prices, which may lead to negative equity, can reduce housing investment by builders as well as investment by home-owners in their property.
The fall in property value impacts the overall wealth of a country and may impact consumption.
As home values fall or as negative equity becomes an issue, financial institutions may start to reduce the level of lending their offer, and increase the cost of borrowing.
If the cost of re-financing a mortgage increases and the ability to re-finance is reduced due to stricter terms (e.g. loan-to-value ratio) the mortgage holder may be disadvantaged.
People who find themselves in negative equity may increase their rate of savings to pay down the principal, thus reducing their consumption and hurting the economy.
Negative equity could make it difficult to sell your house, …