Negative equity continues to be concentrated in five states: Nevada, which had the highest percentage negative equity with 70 percent of all of its mortgaged properties underwater, followed by Arizona (51 percent), Florida (48 percent), Michigan (39 percent) and California (35 percent). Among the top five states, the average negative equity share was 42 percent, compared to 15 percent for the remaining 45 states. In numerical terms, California (2.4 million) and Florida (2.2 million) had the largest number of negative equity mortgages accounting for 4.6million, or 41 percent, of all negative equity loans.
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This graph shows the negative equity and near negative equity by state.
Although the five states mentioned above have the largest percentgage of homeowners underwater, 10 percent or more of homeowners have negative equity in 33 states, and over 20% have negative equity or near negative equity in 23 states. This is a widespread problem.
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