Report: 29.4% of Providence area homes ‘underwater’

IN THE PROVIDENCE-FALL RIVER-NEW BEDFORD area, Providence County had the highest percentage of underwater homeowners. For a larger version of this image, click HERE.
Posted 8/23/12

PROVIDENCE – In the second quarter, 29.4 percent of all homes in the Providence-Fall River-New Bedford area were worth less than the outstanding balance on their mortgage, down .01 percentage point from the first quarter, Zillow said Thursday.

There were 83,246 homeowners with negative equity in the region, according to the Seattle real estate data firm, and only 8.3 percent of them have fallen behind or stopped paying their mortgage on time. Nationally, 9.2 percent of “underwater” homeowners are 90 days or more delinquent on their loan.

The cumulative negative equity in the Providence area was $5.7 billion during the quarter.

Of those in the metro area with negative equity, 43 percent are 20 percent or less underwater, while 7.5 percent owe more than double what their house is worth.

Providence County had the highest percentage of underwater homeowners in the region, 36.9 percent; followed by Kent County, 24.8 percent; Bristol County, Mass., 26.7 percent; Newport County, 17.1 percent; Washington County, 16.5 percent; and Bristol County R.I., 15.3 percent.

Nationwide, 30.9 percent of homes were underwater in the second quarter, a decline of .5 percentage points from the first quarter.

Of the 30 largest metro areas in the country, Boston had the second lowest negative equity rate, 19.6 percent, below only Pittsburgh’s 15.6 percent.

Las Vegas had the highest rate at 68.5 percent.

PBN Hosted

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News