7.6 Million Borrowers Underwater on Mortgages: Study

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 · An additional 2.4 million borrowers had less than five percent equity, referred to as near-negative equity, in the second quarter. Together, negative equity and near-negative equity mortgages, or what is commonly known as an underwater mortgage, accounted for 27.5 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage nationwide.

Only about 1 in 20 underwater homeowners may qualify for principal reduction under states’ recent settlement with five big banks, a new study says. nation’s 11.1 million underwater borrowers could.

The percentage of underwater borrowers rose to 20 from 18 per cent. Another 2.16 million properties could go underwater if home prices fall another 5 per cent,the study shows. First American said the value of residential properties fell to $19.1 trillion at year-end from $21.5 trillion a year earlier,with half the decline in California.

CoreLogic, which digs down to the metro level in the study, found that 10,617 residential properties, or 6.9 percent of all homes, were underwater. mortgage, about 9.7 million hold less than 20.

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 · A collapse in housing prices has trapped nearly 10 million U.S. 19.4% of home mortgages were underwater and a significant improvement over the 2012 high of 31.4% – but still leaves nearly 10.

The FHA’s troubles stem from rising defaults on mortgages it insured during the peak years of the housing bubble. The agency now insures about 7.6 million loans with total outstanding balances near $1.1 trillion, triple the amount it backed five years ago.

Rising home values make it easier for borrowers to refinance their mortgages or sell their homes if they lose their jobs or otherwise become unable to make payments. They also help bring down the.

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borrowers might become delinquent. In total, those 1.2 million borrowers constitute the population that CBO considers to be eligib le or potentially eligible for a principal forgiveness program. They represent approximately 40 percent of all underwater borrowers and 4 percent of all borrowers with mortgages backed by the GSEs as of