…Yet, most underwater homeowners are current on their mortgages, with nine in 10 continuing to make their payments on time. Also, just 10.1 percent of underwater homeowners are more than 90 days delinquent, Zillow reported.
“While it was disappointing to see negative equity numbers remain so high, it is important to note that negative equity remains only a paper loss for the vast majority of underwater homeowners,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “As home values slowly increase and these homeowners continue to pay down their principal, they will surface again.”
While negative equity is never beneficial for homeowners, a large percentage of underwater borrowers are at least wading in shallow waters. Nearly 40 percent of underwater homeowners owe between 1 and 20 percent more than their home is worth, and another 21 percent owe between 21 and 40 percent more than their home’s value….
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