This post by Jill Schlesinger originally appeared on CBS' MoneyWatch.com.
Last week, I talked to CBS3 about the staggering number of foreclosures that are likely this year. Add to that data yesterday's disappointing NAHB home builder confidence index, which fell to the lowest level since April 2009, and it's clear that the recovery in housing is clearly going to years.
The prospects are bleak for many homeowners, including those who can actually afford to meet their monthly obligations. That's why some are considering strategic foreclosures, or just walking away from their mortgages. Here's the skinny on the trend:
Jill Schlesinger is the Editor-at-Large for CBS MoneyWatch.com. Prior to the launch of MoneyWatch, she was the Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. In her infancy, she was an options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York.