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May 21, 2014

Housing debt still traps 10 million Americans

  • Zillow economist Stan Humphries says housing markets “look to be swimming with underwater borrowers for years to come.”
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — Nearly 10 million Americans remain financially trapped by homes worth less than their mortgage debts — an enduring drag on the U.S. economy almost seven years after the housing bust triggered the Great Recession.

    During the first three months of this year, 18.8 percent of homeowners with a mortgage — 9.7 million — owed more on their loans than their properties would sell for, according to online real estate database Zillow. Though that was an improvement from the 25.4 percent figure of a year ago, the share of such “underwater” homeowners is about four times the historic average.

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