12/23/2013

Housing Equity 2013--The Gap Narrows

Housing Equity 2013

A borrower who purchased a median priced home in 2004 and held it for nine years, the current median tenure of a homeowner according to NAR’s annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, would have $28,114 in equity from the combined benefit of price appreciation and paying down the mortgage principle. A borrower who bought a median price home in 2012 would have more than $23,000 in equity.
Borrowers who purchased in 2006 and 2007 at the peak of the market and thus those who experienced the sharpest price declines are now nearly in positive equity. A person who purchased in 2006 and owned through 2012 (not pictured) would have been underwater by roughly $28,200, but by 2013 this gap was down to $4,700. Continued price growth in 2014 will help to further ameliorate this gap. Homeowners who purchased since 2007 are in positive equity.
Even through the vicissitudes of the great recession, for most homeowners housing remains an effective vehicle for building equity and wealth.

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