Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lower priced homeowners are still struggling with 45% underwater on mortgages

On May 20, 2014, Mary Ellen Podmolik of the Chicago Tribune reported  that  fewer Chicago-area homeowners were underwater on mortgages, but those in lower-priced homes were still struggling with 45% of them being underwater. She states that more homeowners with mortgages are recovering equity in their homes that was lost during the housing crisis, but the low end of the local housing market remains in bad shape.

She stated that almost 45 percent of Chicago-area  homeowners with homes valued at less than $103,800 were underwater on their mortgages at the end of March, owing more on the loans than the current value of the property. Meanwhile, among homes valued at more than $330,800, only 13 percent of those with mortgages were underwater. Another 28 percent of mortgaged homes with values between $103,800 and $330,800 were underwater.

"The unfortunate reality is that housing markets look to be swimming with underwater borrowers for years to come," said Stan Humphries, Zillow's chief economist. "It's hard to overstate just how much of a drag on the housing market negative equity really is, especially at the lower end of the market."

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