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Underwater Homes in Bay Area

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On November 14, 2008 @ 10:00 am In Credit,Real Estate | Comments Disabled

No, not flooding — underwater in terms of owing more than the home is worth:

“Twenty percent of Bay Area homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, according to a study being released today. This dubious distinction has entered the American lexicon as an all-too-familiar term – being underwater.

As home values continue to plunge, the real estate valuation service Zillow.com said that 20.76 percent of all homes in the nine-county Bay Area are underwater. The rate is much higher than the national average of 1 in 7 homes, or 14.3 percent. That’s because the Bay Area – like most of California – was a classic bubble market, where buyers in recent years paid overinflated prices for homes that now are rapidly losing value in the market downturn.”

The highlight of the article are these amazing charts via San Francisco Chronicle [1]:




Amazing . . .


Bay Area homeowners owe more than home’s worth [1]
Carolyn Said
San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, November 12, 2008


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[1] San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/11/11/MNN0142MCG.DTL&

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