Colorado had the 20th-highest rate in the nation for the percentage of its mortgages that were underwater during the fourth quarter of 2012. According to a report released this week by CoreLogic, 17.4 percent of homes with mortgages in Colorado had a "negative equity share." This is a decline from the 3rd quarter when 17.8 percent of mortgaged homes were underwater.
Of the 1.14 million mortgages outstanding in Colorado, 199,000 of them were underwater, while an additional 75,000, or 6.6 percent of them, were "near" underwater.
Nationwide, 21.5 percent of loans were underwater during the fourth quarter and an additional 4.7 percent were nearly so.
According to the report, Nevada had the highest percentage of properties in negative equity at 52.4 percent, followed by Florida, Airzona, Georgia and Michigan.
Also, The homes that had positive equity tended to be concentrated among homes at the higher price ranges.
Corelogic has revised its method of collecting home equity data, so comparisons with past periods should be avoided.
Revised data was provided for recent quarters, however:
Colorado Q4 - 2012 17.4%
Colorado Q3 - 2012 17.8%
Colorado Q2 - 2012 18.2%
Colorado Q1 - 2012 20.9%
Colorado Q4 - 2011 22.94%
Colorado Q3 - 2011 22.25%
Colorado Q2 - 2011 22.45%
Colorado Q1 - 2011 21.97%
Colorado Q4 - 2010 21.59%
Colorado Q3 - 2010 21.37%
Colorado Q2 - 2010 21.42%
Colorado Q1 - 2010 21.97%
Colorado Q4 - 2009 21.96%
Colorado Q3 - 2009 20.74%
Total percentages for mortgages with negative equity during the third quarter of this year dropped to the lowest level seen since 2009.
The third quarter's drop in the proportion of mortgages that are underwater would seem to correspond to the acceleration in home prices that has occurred in Colorado during recent months. As home prices rise, more homes rise out of negative equity territory. This will contribute toward a decline in foreclosure totals as well, although new economic disruptions, such as another global recession, could reverse the trend.
The report also reported negative equity rates in 25 metro areas, including Denver metro. The Denver area showed the 14th-highest negative equity rate among the 25 metros, with a rate of 18.2 percent. Tampa Florida and Miami, Florida showed the highest rates.