(Closed) Is your house upside down?

posted 9 years ago in Home
  • poll: Is your house upside down?
    Yes...we are in deep...stuck there forever! : (12 votes)
    15 %
    No...we are in the black : (35 votes)
    43 %
    I'm not a home owner : (31 votes)
    38 %
    other...please explain : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re home owners (just purchased in ’09), but I don’t really see our mortgage as this insane black hole we will never dig ourselves out of (we’ve already paid down 10k in 1yr), I like to think of it as more an investment in our future, since we bought a starter home & plan on selling it for a profit in about 4 years.

    Post # 4
    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We currently owe a little more than our house is worth.  Fiance bought the house four years ago and did 100% financing.  The only saving grace is that neither loan is an ARM and both have decent interest rates.  We looked at refinancing recently, which is how we found out that the house is worth about $10K less than we owe.  We’re throwing a lot of extra money at the principle in hopes that when the market turns around we’ll be able to move without losing our shirts.

    Post # 5
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    no, we put $50K down on ours so we’ve got lots of equity in ours 🙂

    Post # 6
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @shedayz: Wow, I wish $50,000 bought equity in the Bay Area where we are moving!!

    We plan on putting a huge chunk down on the place we purchase, so hopefully this won’t ever be an issue….but you never know whether you’ll lose money on a house even if you aren’t technically “upside down”.

    Post # 7
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @crayfish: we live in the south so $50K is sometimes 50% of the house cost lol.

    Post # 8
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We bought our home in 2006 with a large down payment.  We are planning on paying the mortgage off this year.

    Post # 9
    3363 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    By the time we sell, we should be ok…

    Post # 10
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    My remaining mortgage and what my house was recently valued at is about the same….which sucks b/c I have been in this house for 10 years Frown

    Post # 11
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think we’re in the black because we had a reasonable downpayment and put $20,000 extra toward the principle last year, but our condo is worth about $40,000 less than when we bought it in 2007.

    Post # 12
    7872 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My exhusband and I still own a house that is worth about $90,000 less than we bought it for in 2006.  Its awful.

    Post # 13
    3538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    well we are about to put ourselves to be in debt for the next 25 years or so.

    Whats the average price for a house over in the US??

    Because here to buy a block and build is about 330k.

    Post # 14
    1317 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I was just talking to my Mom the other day and she mentioned how her long-time friend and neighbor decided to keep their house (they were thinking of shorting it) because they have zero equity. It seems a lot of people in Southern California was hit hard! But that couple has lived in their home for a long time — they did make some financial mistakes that led up to their predicament but I find it hard to understand the logic of just letting it go.

    I think of it this way: if it’s your primary home and you’ve invested time and money into it (renovations, etc) then ride it out. It’ll be more of a pain to move and find another place even if it’ll mean a cheaper mortgage. Most of the time, doing all of that would mean you’re also downgrading to a smaller home, even if it’s in a newer neighborhood.

    If you’re in it for the long haul, then there’s a whole lot more to consider aside from the current market value. How long will it take to settle into a new neighborhood and find a new place? Would you regret your decision if in a few years if the property market in the neighborhood recovers?

    On the other hand, if it’s a not-so old property or you have less ties to the home and neighborhood, selling it for a loss might be worth the financial freedom each month.

    How much would you pay for a comparable apartment in your area? If it’s about the same, then it shouldn’t look so grim afterall Smile 

    Post # 15
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I’m so jealous! Wow, that is so great, we have about 6 years to go and I am so excited, I can not wait!!!! 🙂 

    Post # 16
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @ccranetobe: It really varies all over by location here in the US. Some of my friends are currently looking at buying a lot and building, and a nice-ish but not extravagant house around here in the midwest is about $140k. I know that wouldn’t get much of anything in a bigger city even in the midwest, and covers next to nothing in large cities. 

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