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After the Great Recession many United States homeowners were in negative equity, with 26% of mortgaged properties having negative equity in the third quarter of 2009. As of the end of the second quarter of 2018 only 2.2 million homes, or 4.3% of mortgaged properties remained in negative equity. CoreLogic estimated that in the second quarter of 2018 U.S. homeowners saw an average increase of equity of $16,200 for the past 12 months, while key states like California increased by as much as $48,000.
Over the past 12 months homeowners saw an average equity increase of 12.3%, for a total increase of $980.9 billion. This means the 63% of homes with active mortgages now have around 8.956 trillion in equity.
In the wake of the Great Recession on December 16, 2008 the Federal Reserve lowered the Federal Funds rate down to between 0.00% to 0.25%. Rates remained pinned to the floor until they were gradually lifted from December 2015 until present day. As the Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds rate it has also lifted rates across the duration curve. The conventional 30-year home mortgage is priced slightly above the rate of the 10-year Treasury bond. As mortgage rates have risen, homeowners have shifted preference away from doing a cash-out refinance toward obtaining a home equity loan or home equity line of credit. Mortgage refinancing has high upfront cost & reprices the entire mortgage amount, whereas obtaining a HELOC or home equity loan keeps the existing mortgage in place at its low rate, while the homeowner borrows a smaller amount on a second mortgage at a higher rate. HELOCs & home equity lines also typically have much lower upfront costs & close faster than refinancings.
Prior to the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act homeowners could deduct from their income taxes the interest paid on up to $1,000,000 of first mortgage debt and up to $100,000 of second mortgage debt. The law changed the maximum deductible limit to the interest on up to $750,000 of total mortgage debt for married couples filing jointly & $375,000 for people who are single or maried filing separate returns.
The big change for second mortgages is what debt is considered qualifying. Prior to the 2017 TCJA virtually all second mortgages qualified. Now the tax code takes into consideration the usage of the funds. If a loan is used to build or substantially improve a dwelling it qualifies, whereas if the money is used to buy a car, pay for a vacation, or pay off other debts then it does not qualify.