Homeowners see less underwater mortgages in third quarter
"The number of homeowners who owe more than their houses are worth fell for the third straight quarter this summer," according to Atlanta Business News.
The article says, "About 10.8 million households, or 22.5 percent of all mortgaged homes, were underwater in the July-September quarter, housing data firm CoreLogic said Monday. That's down from 23 percent, or 11 million households, in the second quarter.
The decline came mainly because more homes had fallen into foreclosure and not because home prices had increased.
In a healthy housing market, about 5 percent of homeowners with a mortgage owe more than their homes are worth...
The ranks of underwater borrowers will remain high and likely rise because home values are expected to fall through the middle of next year. About 2.4 million hold only 5 percent or less equity in their homes, putting them near the tipping point if prices in their area fall....
The total amount of negative equity decreased to $744 billion nationwide, down from $766 billion in the previous quarter."