Number of homeowners underwater plummets

Analysis shows numbers still high in Florida
June 12, 2013 04:00PM

Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive of CoreLogic

Four out of 10 Miami-area homeowners remain underwater, but the number is shrinking nationwide, according to a new analysis by Irvine, Calif.-based CoreLogic.

“The negative equity burden continues to recede across the country thanks largely to rising home prices,” Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive of CoreLogic, said in a release. “We are still far below peak home price levels, but tight supplies in many areas coupled with continued demand for single family homes should help us close the gap.”

Nationally, underwater mortgages declined to 9.7 million, or 19.9 percent of mortgaged residential properties, from 10.5 million, or 21.7 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of this year.

The national aggregate value of underwater mortgages decreased in the first quarter by more than $50 billion to $580 billion from $631 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.

Most home equity is concentrated at the high-end of the housing market, according to Corelogic. About three out of four homes valued at less than $200,000 have positive equity, compared to 88 percent of homes greater than $200,000. –Emily Schmall