Thursday, June 05, 2014

CoreLogic: Year Over Year, the Negative Equity Share Has Declined by 3.5 Million Properties

by Calculated Risk on 6/05/2014 09:22:00 AM

From CoreLogic: CoreLogic Reports 312,000 Residential Properties Regained Equity in Q1 2014

CoreLogic ... today released new analysis showing more than 300,000 homes returned to positive equity in the first quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity to more than 43 million. The CoreLogic analysis indicates that approximately 6.3 million homes, or 12.7 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, were still in negative equity as of Q1 2014 compared to 6.6 million homes, or 13.4 percent for Q4 2013. As a year-over-year comparison, the negative equity share was 20.2 percent, or 9.8 million homes, in Q1 2013.

... Of the 43 million residential properties with equity, approximately 10 million have less than 20-percent equity. Borrowers with less than 20-percent equity, referred to as “under-equitied,” may have a more difficult time refinancing their existing home or obtaining new financing to sell and buy another home due to underwriting constraints. Under-equitied mortgages accounted for 20.6 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage nationwide in Q1 2014, with more than 1.5 million residential properties at less than 5-percent equity, referred to as near-negative equity. Properties that are near-negative equity are considered at risk if home prices fall. ...

Despite the massive improvement in prices and reduction in negative equity over the last few years, many borrowers still lack sufficient equity to move and purchase a home,” said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist for CoreLogic. “One in five borrowers have less than 10 percent equity in their property, which is not enough to cover the down payment and additional costs associated with a conventional mortgage.”
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CoreLogic, Negative Equity by StateClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the break down of negative equity by state. Note: Data not available for some states. From CoreLogic:

"Nevada had the highest percentage of mortgaged properties in negative equity at 29.4 percent, followed by Florida (26.9 percent), Mississippi (20.1 percent), Arizona (20.1 percent) and Illinois (19.7 percent). These top five states combined account for 31.1 percent of negative equity in the United States. "

Note: The share of negative equity is still very high in Nevada and Florida, but down significantly from a year ago (Q1 2013) when the negative equity share in Nevada was at 45.4 percent, and at 38.1 percent in Florida.

CoreLogic, LTVThe second graph shows the distribution of home equity in Q1 compared to Q4 2013. Close to 5% of residential properties have 25% or more negative equity, down slightly from Q4.

In Q1 2013, there were 9.8 million properties with negative equity - now there are 6.3 million.  A significant change.