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The Evolution of Home Equity Ownership

Andreas Fuster () and Andrew F. Haughwout

No 20170214, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: In yesterday?s post, we discussed the extreme swings that household leverage has taken since 2005, using combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratios for housing as our metric. We also explored the risks that current household leverage presents in the event of a significant downturn in prices. Today we reverse the perspective, and consider housing equity?the value of housing net of all debt for which it serves as collateral. For the majority of households, housing equity is the principal form of wealth, other than human capital, and it thus represents an important form of potential collateral for borrowing. In that sense, housing equity is an opportunity in the same way that housing leverage is a risk. It turns out that aggregate housing equity at the end of 2015 was very close, in nominal terms, to its pre-crisis (2005) level. But housing wealth has moved to a different group of people?made up of people who are older and have higher credit scores than a decade ago. In today?s post, we look at the evolution of housing equity and its owners.

Keywords: Housing; Mortgages; Equity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 R3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-02-14
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