One in Four Homeowners Are Underwater

Underwater House
Underwater House

This week home mortgage borrowers got the latest word on how much they owe compared to the actual value of their real estate – and the numbers are only getting uglier.

First American CoreLogic, a company that gathers data on millions of mortgages that have been packaged into securities for investors, reports that nearly one in four home loans nationally is now larger than the actual value of the home that backs it. In other words, one-quarter of all home loans are underwater!

In just the last three months of 2009, plummeting home prices and accumulating debts pushed 620,000 more homeowners into negative territory.