HOME EQUITY: You May Have More Than You Think

    CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 92% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. The report also revealed that “an additional 850,000 properties would regain equity if home prices rose another 5 percent.”

    Price Appreciation = Good News For Homeowners

    Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, explains:

    “In Q4 of last year home equity increased by $680 billion or 11.5 percent, the 13th consecutive quarter of double digit growth. The improvement in equity reflects positive home prices and continued deleveraging of mortgage balances by households.”

    Anand Nallathambi, President & CEO of CoreLogic, believes this is a great sign for the market in 2016 as well, as he had this to say:

    “The number of homeowners with more than 20 percent equity is rising rapidly. Higher prices driven largely by tight supply are certainly a big reason for the rise, but continued population growth, household formation and ultra low interest rates are also factors. Looking ahead in 2016, we expect home equity levels to continue to build, which is a good thing for the long-term health of the U.S. economy.”

    But do they realize their equity position has changed?

    A study by Fannie Mae suggests that many homeowners are not aware that they have regained equity in their home as their investment has increased in value. For example, their study showed that 23% of Americans still believe their home is in a negative equity position when, in actuality, CoreLogic’s report shows that only 8% of homes are in that position (down from 9% in Q2).

    The study also revealed that only 37% of Americans believe that they have “significant equity” (greater than 20%), when in actuality, 73% do!

    This means that 37% of Americans with a mortgagehome equity fail to realize the opportune situation they are in. With a sizable equity position, many homeowners could easily move into a housing situation that better meets their current needs (moving to a larger home or downsizing).

    Fannie Mae spoke out on this issue in their report:

    “Homeowners who underestimate their homes’ values not only underestimate their home equity, they also likely underestimate: 1) how large a down payment they could make with their home equity,

    2) their chances of qualifying for mortgages, and, therefore, 3) their opportunities for selling their current homes and for buying different homes.”

     

    Bottom Line

    If you are one of the many Americans who are unsure of how much equity you have built in your home, don’t let that be the reason you fail to move on to your dream home in 2016!

     

    Get a free valuation for your home when you click below! 🙂

     

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