Negative Equity Homes in U.S. on the Rise in 2019

ATTOM | May 09, 2019

Based on ATTOM Data Solutions' Q1 2019 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, at the end of the first quarter of 2019, more than 5.2 million (5,223,524) U.S. properties were seriously underwater (where the combined balance of loans secured by the property was at least 25 percent higher than the property's estimated market value), up by more than 17,000 properties from a year ago. The 5.2 million seriously underwater properties at the end of Q1 2019 represented 9.1 percent of all U.S. properties with a mortgage, up from 8.8 percent in the previous quarter but down from 9.5 percent in Q1 2018.

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