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Over Half of Underwater Borrowers Are Nowhere Near Re-Surfacing, Report Says

Borrowers who owe more money to banks than their home is worth is slowing decreasing, however more than half of these borrowers are stuck in an underwater free fall with little to no hope of resurfacing. According to Zillow’s first quarter Negative Equity Report released today, although the negative equity rate is falling, more than half or 4 million homeowners owed the bank at least 20 percent more than the worth of their home.

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Rents Surpass Home Values for April

For the first time in two years rents grew 4 percent year-over-year, beating out home values in April, which appreciated at an annual rate of three percent, according to Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. This intensified a “rental crisis” and signaled that home values increasing at a normal rate.

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Study Finds Population Growth Influences Home Values

The three fastest-growing areas of the country were largely immune from the effects of the housing crisis, leading Massachusetts-based Pro Teck Valuation Services to conclude that population growth is a strong indicator of home values, according to a report the company released Wednesday.

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Appraisers, Homeowners Come Closer on Home Value Estimates

Quicken Loans said Tuesday that appraisers' home value estimates came in an average 0.18 percent higher than homeowners' estimates last month. The difference marks the narrowest gap between opinions since September 2013, when appraisers' estimates came in higher than homeowners' for the first time in seven years.

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Housing Recovery Still Struggling in Minority Communities

Based on Zillow's latest homeownership data, the company estimated in a report on Monday that 12.4 percent of applicants who applied for a conventional mortgage loan in 2013 were denied. While the denial rate for white applicants was slightly better than the national average at 10.4 percent and only a little worse for Asians at 13.3 percent, black and Hispanic applicants stood a much higher chance of being turned down.

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Home Prices Still 2% Undervalued Nationally

Based on fundamentals, including prices-to-income, prices-to-rents, and historical data, Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko estimated in a post on Wednesday that home prices at the national level were still 2 percent undervalued in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Home Values Down as Appraisers, Homeowners Get in Sync

Using data drawn from tens of thousands of appraisals nationwide, Quicken Loans reported a 0.74 percent month-over-month drop in its Home Value Index (HVI) last month. Bob Walters, chief economist for Quicken Loans, said it would be a mistake to put too much emphasis on a slight monthly decline.

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Home Price Recovery Lagging Among Lower Housing Tiers

Taking data from its monthly home price tracker, Black Knight Financial Services found in its latest report that while high-value properties in the country's hardest-hit states have made solid strides in recovering to their pre-crisis peaks, low-value homes are still struggling to make progress.

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Negative Equity Rate Approaches Single Digits in Q3 2014

According to CoreLogic's latest estimates, an additional 273,000 U.S. homes recovered to a positive equity position in Q3, bringing the total number of mortgaged homes with equity to approximately 44.6 million—about 90 percent of all mortgaged properties in the nation.

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Continued Growth Brings U.S. Home Values Up $1.7T in 2014

Looking at the past year of growth, Zillow estimates U.S. homes will be worth a combined $27.5 trillion by the end of 2014, a 6.7 percent increase over 2013. Last year, the company valued the country's housing stock at roughly $25.7 trillion, an improvement of 7.9 percent from the year prior.

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