Great Graphic: US Housing Market

These two Great Graphics caught our attention. The first one shows that the average size of American homes has steadily increased.  It was posted on CNN by Les Christie, who drew from Census Department figures.   Over the past decade alone, the average house size increased by 11% to almost 2600 square feet.  Separately, we know that average household size has fallen too. 

Part of what is happening is that the proportion of small homes (1400 square feet and less) have fallen to 4% from 9% in 2005.   The large houses (4000 square feet and more) accounted for 9% of the homes built last year compared to 6.6% in 2005.  

The lower chart here is was posted on MarketWatch by Ruth Mantell. It shows that the number households that owe more on their homes that the homes are worth has been halved since 2009 to almost 12% (which is still about 6 mln households).  Five states (Nevada, Florida, Mississippi, Arizona and Illinois) account for a third of the negative equity households.  

According to CoreLogic a 5% increase in house prices this year could bring another 1.2 mln households out of negative equity.    Around a quarter of those 43 mln households that have positive equity may be vulnerable to new decline in house prices as they have less than accumulated less than 20% equity.  

Great Graphic: US Housing Market Great Graphic:  US Housing Market Reviewed by Marc Chandler on June 14, 2014 Rating: 5
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