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Friday, June 12, 2009

UK: One in Ten Homeowners with Negative Equity

by Calculated Risk on 6/12/2009 08:49:00 AM

From The Times: One in ten homeowners fall into negative equity

One in ten homeowners fell into negative equity during the first three months of the year, the highest proportion for 15 years, the Bank of England said today.

The Bank estimated that between 7 and 11 per cent of homeowners with a mortgage owed more to their lender than their property was worth, the equivalent of 700,000 to 1.1 million householders.
Around 200,000 buy-to-let investors were also estimated to owe more on their mortgage than their property was worth ...

The research said that the overall number of those in negative equity during the first quarter of 2009 was comparable with those who suffered the problem in the mid-1990s, during the last housing market correction.

The Bank said house prices had fallen by around 20 per cent between the autumn of 2007 and the spring of 2009, the largest nominal fall in property values on record. In contrast, it took six years for house prices to fall by 15 per cent between 1989 and 1995.
The UK has about 10 million homeowners with mortgages; the U.S. has about 51.6 million.

Moody's has estimated there 14.8 million homeowners with negative equity in the U.S. (just under 30% of homeowners with mortgages) so the problem seems more severe in the U.S.