Jumbo mortgages are mortgages that exceed the amount allowed to be purchased by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. In many areas of the United States, the limits for a jumbo mortgage range from $417,000 to $625,000. (I live in California. It’s tough to buy a house and have a mortgage under $417K so they’re almost all jumbo)
In the past year, delinquencies of US Prime Jumbo Mortgages Tripled in Latest Year to Exceed 9%! (Source: Fitch Ratings)
Overall, prime RMBS 60+ days delinquencies rose to 9.2% for December 2009, up almost three times compared to the same period last year (3.2% in December 2008). The 2006/2007 vintages combined rose to 12.7% from 4.3%.
Despite some improvement in home prices and a slowdown in employment loss, roll rates have not improved primarily due to the number of prime jumbo borrowers who owe more on their mortgages than their home is worth. Over one-third of prime jumbo borrowers that are current on their mortgages also are ‘underwater’ on their mortgages [For details, see Fitch RMBS Performance Metrics]
I’m going to hazard a guess and suggest that if you don’t fall into this category, your boss might. You may not like your boss, but then again, without the boss, you might not have a job. Without the job you will enter the unemployment stats – and they aren’t pretty these days.