CoreLogic's latest Equity Report revealed that 91.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation, while 75.9% now have significant equity (defined as more than 20%)! The report also revealed that 548,000 households regained equity in the second quarter of 2016 and are no longer under water.
Price Appreciation = Good News for Homeowners
Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic's Chief Economist, explains:
"Home-value gains have played a large part in restoring home equity. The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) for the U.S. recorded 5.2 percent growth in the year through June, an important reason that the number of owners with negative equity fell by 850,000 in the second quarter from a year earlier."
Anand Nallathambi, President & CEO of CoreLogic, believes this is a great sign for the market in the coming year as well, as he had this to say:
"We see home prices rising another 5 percent in the coming year based on the latest projected national CoreLogic Home Price Index. Assuming this growth is uniform across the U.S., that should release an additional 700,000 homeowners from the scourge of negative equity."
Below is a map illustrating the percentage of households in each state with significant equity:
Many homeowners with more than 20% equity in their home would be able to use that equity as a down payment on either a larger home, or even a retirement home.
If you are one of the many Americans who are unsure of how much equity you have in your home, don't let that be the reason you fail to move on to your dream home this year!
Petra Quinn is a Graduate, Realtor® Institute with over 10 years experience, specializing in listing and selling residential real estate on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, in Anne Arundel & Queen Anne’s County, from luxury homes to more modest dwellings. Petra is also an former board member of Kent Island Estates Community Association, Talisman Therapeutic Riding fundraising committee and volunteer, as well as an active committee member at MidShore Board of Realtors®. You can reach Petra best on her cell phone at 443-600-1986, or via email Petra@EXITGoldRealty.com.
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