Wednesday, March 4, 2009

20% of homes with a mortgage are under-water

Data released today shows that 20% of home owners with a mortgage owe more than what their homes are currently worth.

This amounts to over 8 million residential properties that have negative equity.

The article goes on to state:

Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio remained the most stressed states, with 62 percent of underwater borrowers and just 41 percent of mortgages.

You can read the rest of the article here

You can be sure that as long as states like California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio continue to see unemployment rates rise, delinquency rates on mortgages will go up and with many of those home-owners in a negative equity situation on their loans, and significant amounts of resets yet to come---the collapse in housing prices will continue for a couple of more years.

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