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Underwater homes still exist

Posted by Mehran Aram on Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 14:05 PM

While home values have risen rather steadily for the last several years, there remains a notable number of American homeowners who are still underwater. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, more than five million homes were seriously underwater as of the first quarter of 2019. For a home to be considered seriously underwater, the balance of the mortgage is at least 25 percent more than what the home is worth.

San Diegans on the other hand are on the opposite end of the spectrum with one of the lowest underwater rates in the nation. Approximately 40 percent of property owners in San Diego are equity rich, meaning the value of the home is more than 50 percent of its mortgage. This is consistent with the rest of California where 43 percent of homeowners are equity rich.

Higher levels of equity combined with low mortgage rates have led to a surge in refinances as of late. Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

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Topics: San Diego County, San Diego, homeowners, home values, Mortgage rates, Underwater, ATTOM Data Solutions, Q1 2019, Underwater Homes, Equity Rich