Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Zillow CEO on Housing

Interesting interview with Zillow's CEO on the status of US home real estate ...
  1. Nationwide, there has been a 29% decrease in home values since the peak.  Zillow expects another 3-5% decrease over the next year with prices then stabilizing for the next few years.
  2. 30% of homeowners with mortgages are "upside-down" meaning that their mortgage is greater than the value of their home.  No real problem with this situation if you and/or your spouse have stable employment.  Loss of a job and the inability to meet mortgage payments can quickly put the homeowner in jeopardy of a home foreclosure.