CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released negative equity data indicating a third consecutive quarterly decline in negative equity for residential properties. CoreLogic reports that 10.8 million, or 22.5 percent, of all residential properties with mortgages were in negative equity at the end of the third quarter of 2010, down from 11.0 million and 23 percent in the second quarter. This is due primarily to foreclosures of severely negative equity properties rather than an increase in home values.
During this year the number of borrowers in negative equity has declined by over 500,000 borrowers. An additional 2.4 million borrowers were near negative equity with less than five percent equity in the third quarter. Together, negative equity and near-negative equity mortgages accounted for 27.5 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage nationwide.
Negative equity, often referred to as “underwater” or “upside down,” means that borrowers owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. Negative equity can occur because of a decline in value, an increase in mortgage debt or a combination of both. CoreLogic Complete Report
The aggregate level of negative equity
declined to $744 billion, which is a
three-percent decline from Q2 2010
and a seven-percent decline from
the end of 2009 when it stood at $800 billion.