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Half of middle class home owners fear their properties could be repossessed next year
Decembere 30, 2008
The news comes after the Council for Mortgage Lenders forecast that the number of repossessions is likely nearly to double to 75,000 next year.
A YouGov poll, carried out for a new report from Tory MP Grant Shapps, found that 44 per cent of mortgage holders are worried that lenders could force them out of their properties next year.
A similar proportion were worried about not being able to meet mortgage payments between now and the end of 2010.
The study – The New Homeless – found that the concern among homeowners about losing the roof over their heads in the economic downturn stretched across society.
It found that 42 per cent of middle class professionals were worried about not paying the mortgage over the next year, compared with 46 per cent of blue collar households.
The study found that nearly one in seven people were in the highest category of being “very worried” about making the repayments over the next year.
More higher earners – 15 per cent – described themselves as “very worried” about being able to make the payments, compared with 12 per cent of those in less affluent groups, possibly because they over-borrowed during the property boom.
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