Thursday, August 23, 2012

Price Gains Lift 400,000 Homes Above Water

Home price increases helped more homeowners regain some equity in their homes during the second quarter, according to an analysis by Zillow.

Massachusetts Homes Getting Above WaterZillow's Negative Equity Report estimates that 30.9 percent of homeowners with mortgages owed more than their homes were worth at the end of June, down from 31.4 percent at the end of March. That translates into 15.3 million underwater homes -- about 400,000 less than three months before.

The report -- which compares Zillow's automated home valuation "Zestimates" for individual homes with actual mortgage loan balance data from TransUnion -- showed all but one of the 30 largest markets tracked by Zillow saw a quarter-over-quarter improvement in their negative equity rate.

In the Boston area, the percentage of homes under water was significantly less than the national average, with only 19.6% of homeowners having negative equity. That's down from 22% at the end of the 1st quarter of 2012. That means over 80% of people have equity in their homes in this area - great news if you are planning on selling your home soon.

See the entire article at:
Price gains lift 400,000 homes above water | Inman News


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