U.S. Homeowner Equity Passes $1 Trillion Mark

Source: https://thinkrealty.com/us-homeowner-equity-passes-1-trillion-mark/

Just under two-thirds of homeowners saw double-digit increases in their home equity between March 2017 and March 2018 according to CoreLogic. That increase equated to a total gain of $1.01 trillion, which contributed to a decline in negative equity over the same period. The total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity fell 3% from Q4 2017 to the end of Q1 2018, a drop of 3.1 million homes year over year.

What Causes Equity Gains?

Most homeowners believe that th…

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Now you can see the complete picture. It is good that seller and buyer can work together. If they can’t wait for a sale, you can still give them their asking price with a little overall flexibility on their part.

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