Fun Real Estate Facts

Below is a few interesting Real Estate Facts we discovered and wanted to share

26 Real Estate Facts & Mortgage Facts

  1. According to Zillow, 28.4 percent of all single-family homes with a mortgage in the United States are now underwater.
  2. Zillow has also announced that the average price of a home in the U.S. is about 8% lower than it was a year ago and that it continues to fall about 1 percent a month.
  3. Westminster South Carolina has the largest percentage of big homes – averaging 16,129 sq ft
  4. U.S. home prices have now fallen a whopping 33% from where they were at during the peak of the housing bubble.
  5. During the first quarter of 2011, home values declined at the fastest rate since late 2008.
  6. According to Zillow, more than 55% of all single-family homes with a mortgage in Atlanta have negative equity and more than 68 percent of all single-family homes with a mortgage in Phoenix have negative equity.
  7. U.S. home values have fallen an astounding 6.3 trillion dollars since the housing crisis first began.
  8. 63% of renters say that owning a home is a priority in the future. 40% say it is one of their highest priorities and 25% are thinking more about buying a home today than they were just a year ago.
  9. 32% of owner occupied housing units are owned free and clear.(US Census Bureau)
  10. 70% report that home values have stabilized in their area as Zillow says differently
  11. 79% of buyers in the market say it’s difficult to save enough money for a down payment and closing costs.
  12. 73% worry about qualifying for a loan, and 80% say high unemployment and job insecurity are potential barriers to home ownership.(NAR 2010 National Housing Survey)
  13. In February, U.S. housing starts experienced their largest decline in 27 years.
  14. New home sales in the United States are now down 80% from the peak in July 2005.
  15. Historically, the percentage of residential mortgages in foreclosure in the United States has tended to hover between 1 and 1.5 percent.  Today, it is up around 4.5 percent.
  16. According to RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings in the United States are projected to increase by another 20 percent in 2012.
  17. It is estimated that 25% of all mortgages in Miami-Dade County are “in serious distress and headed for either foreclosure or short sale”.
  18. Two years ago, the average U.S. homeowner that was being foreclosed upon had not made a mortgage payment in 11 months.  Today, the average U.S. homeowner that is being foreclosed upon has not made a mortgage payment in 17 months.
  19. Sales of foreclosed homes now represent an all-time record 23.7% of the market.
  20. 14 4.5 million home loans are now either in some stage of foreclosure or are at least 90 days delinquent.
  21. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, at least 8 million Americans are currently at least one month behind on their mortgage payments.
  22. In September 2008, 33 percent of Americans knew someone who had been foreclosed upon or who was facing the threat of foreclosure.  Today that number has risen to 48 percent.
  23. During the first quarter of 2011, less new homes were sold in the U.S. than in any three month period ever recorded.
  24. According to a recent census report, 13% of all homes in the United States are currently sitting empty.
  25. In 1996, 89 percent of Americans believed that it was better to own a home than to rent one.  Today that number has fallen to 63 percent.
  26. According to Zillow, the United States has been in a “housing recession” for 57 straight months without an end in sight.
Fun Real Estate Facts – Data complied from
– Buffini and Company Magazine, Jan 2011
– Zillow
– RealtyTrac
– Mortgage Banker Associciation
– US Census Bureau
– Truila

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  1. The title of this is FUN real estate facts, however 90% or more is all negative. I wouldn’t ever consider putting this in front of a client or potential client…….and they are ALL potential clients.

  2. Ah, thanks C Davis for your comment, you presume the writer/publisher is a broker. They are just a citizen that wants to see a more morally, ethical industry. To them anyone who can’t afford to buy a house shouldn’t get loans through unethical practices or be pushed into buying something over their budgets.

    Just last month I watched a family on disability and spouse on welfare, who have no savings, live paycheck to paycheck, have had a history of credit card debt and paying bills late have a mortgage broker and real estate team cold call them saying due to them disability they could get them a FHA Loan and lend them the 20percent to put down. Not explaining the extra cost of home ownership and getting to purchase a house – these types of people should not at all be looked at potential clients and to me any Realtor or Mortgage Broker who would push them to buy should have their practices examined.

    However those people who have paid their mortgage on time, and can’t refinance while others who have been irresponsible are getting aid or living rent / mortgage free extending their foreclosure date for months laughing at how they milk the system while their house is in the process of going to auction or getting short sold is just as unethical as well..

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