Monday, December 13, 2010
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Calculated Riskhas published this nice little chart that shows which states have the greatest amounts of homeowners that have underwater mortgages.
Homes with negative equity are "underwater"; essentially it means the loan balance is greater than what the home is work. This is a problem, because it raises the risk of foreclosure and strategic walk-aways.
States such as Nevada, Arizona, Florida and California and Michigan have large amounts of homes that are underwater. Some states in the middle of the country--such as Oklahoma and North Dakota have the largest percentage of homes with positive owners' equity.