23% of homeowers "underwater"

Home Values to Drop by $1.7 Trillion This Year, Zillow Says


U.S. home values are poised to drop by more than $1.7 trillion this year amid rising foreclosures and the expiration of homebuyer tax credits, said Zillow Inc., a closely held provider of home price data.

This year’s estimated decline, more than the $1.05 trillion drop in 2009, brings the loss since the June 2006 home-price peak to $9 trillion, the Seattle-based company said today in a statement.

The drop in home values pushed more buyers underwater, meaning they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, Zillow said. The percentage of homeowners with so-called negative equity reached 23.2 percent in the third quarter, up from 21.8 percent at the end of 2009.

“With foreclosures near an all-time high in late 2010 and high rates of negative equity persisting, it does not appear that the first part of 2011 will bring much relief,” Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, said in the statement. “Government incentives can only temporarily hold back the tide.”

Comment: Good definition of underwater - bolded and red above. Image source: Freaking News. Per Zillow, my own house has declined in value by 20% from mid-2006 to today.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip on Zillow - I don't know how I didn't know about that site already. It says the home we're renting (with rent to buy option) is worth about $80k less than the last asking price for it!


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