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Negative Equity in Chicagoland Plummets by 38.5%

by Stephanie Sims

The negative equity situation in Chicagoland has improved markedly, according to new research by Zillow.

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Here is some encouraging news for you to end the week with – here in the Chicagoland area, the share of mortgage properties in negative equity has fallen by 38.5 percent from its peak.

That was the finding of a new study by Zillow, which analyzed negative equity rates in the nation’s largest metro areas. Here in Chicagoland, the Q3 2014 negative equity rate was 25.3 percent, far below the Q1 2012 peak of 41.1 percent; nationally, negative equity has fallen from 31.4 percent of mortgaged properties to 16.9 percent.

Check out our graph below to see how Chicagoland compares with other metro areas, and stay tuned for our story next week, where we’ll take a deeper look at those negative equity numbers – and how there still remains much work to be done.

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