Number of St Louis Homeowners With Negative Equity Continues To Drop In Most Areas

Over the past couple of years, as the St Louis real estate market has continued performing well, mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures have continued to decline.  Rising home value has also caused the number of “underwater” homeowners, also known as homeowners in a negative-equity position (meaning their mortgage balance exceeds their homes current value) to decline as well.  As the table below shows, 5 of the seven St Louis area counties listed saw a decline in the number of underwater properties in the 3rd quarter of this year from a year ago.  The largest decline in underwater properties was St Charles with a 35% decline.  The two exceptions, the city of St Louis and St Clair County, Il, saw an increase in underwater property of 2% and 14% respectively.

St Louis Underwater (Negative-Equity) Properties – 3rd Quarter 2017

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St Louis Underwater (Negative-Equity) Properties - 3rd Quarter 2017

23,000 Fewer St Louis Homeowners Underwater at end of 2012

dennis-norman-realtorThere were 23,348 fewer St. Louis homeowners underwater on their mortgage (owe more than the current value of their home) or, in other words are in a “negative equity” position, at the end of 2012 than there were at the beginning of the year, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report for 4th quarter 2012.  At the end of 4th quarter 2012, 26.9 percent of St Louis homeowners with a mortgage were underwater on their mortgage, slightly lower than the national rate of 27.5 percent.

The Zillow report forecasts what is likely to happen in the current year as well with regard to homeowners with negative equity and the outlook for St Louis homeowners is not as optimistic as on the national level.  Nationally, it is forecast that the percentage of underwater homeowners will fall from 27.5 percent to 25.5 percent by the end of 2013 and for St. Louis the forecast is actually for a slight increase in the rate, going from 26.9 percent to 27.0 percent by year end. Continue reading “23,000 Fewer St Louis Homeowners Underwater at end of 2012