The economy may be growing at a frustratingly slow pace, but one piece of it is booming: American homeowners’ equity holdings – the market value of their houses minus their mortgage debts – soared by nearly $2.1 trillion last year to $10 trillion.
One of the mortgage products that contributed to the housing crash is booming again: New home-equity credit-line borrowings soared by 42 percent in the final three months of 2013 and were up sharply for the entire year, to $111 billion.
Here’s some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 – especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums.
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