Was There a Record Number of Home Foreclosures Under Obama’s Presidency?

As part of my series analyzing the article suggesting that Obama has changed the economy for the worse, let’s now move on to the seventh claim: that there was a record number of home foreclosures during Obama’s presidency.

This one is pretty easy to research. According to these data from RealtyTrac and the Federal Reserve, indeed there was a record number of home foreclosures during Obama’s first term so this claim is technically TRUE.

However, the author uses the claim to imply that the foreclosures are evidence of Obama’s failure in economic policy. However, the record number of foreclosures began during the mortgage crisis, long before Obama even took office. Since the end of the crisis there has been a downward trend such that we are now back to pre-crisis levels:

CONCLUSION: Yes, there was a record number of foreclosures during the worst mortgage crisis in history (duh), which began long before Obama took office. Now we’re back to pre-crisis levels of foreclosures.

Published by Bryan Guido Hassin

These are the musings of a global entrepeneur and leader building the sustainabile, prosperous, equitable future. This blog began as a way to document my experience during the IMD MBA in Switzerland and now is the place where I publish eclectic thoughts on climatetech, business, politics, fitness, entertainment, travel, wine, sports, and . . . whatever else is top of mind.

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