If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


Just 50% Believe Their Home is Worth More Than Mortgage

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Just one-out-of-two Americans now say their home is worth more than what they still owe on their mortgage.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 50% of U.S. homeowners say their house is worth more than still owe on it. That’s little changed a month ago, but down from 61% in December 2008.

Perhaps the most stunning data point is that even among people who bought their home more than five years ago, just 52% believe their home is worth more than the mortgage. Among those who purchased a home three to five years ago, 64% think they owe more than it's worth.

Overall, 36% of all homeowners now believe their home is worth less than the mortgage. That’s up five points from a month ago and ties the highest level of pessimism recorded. Since the financial meltdown began in the fall of 2008, the number who say their house is worth less than what they still owe has run in that same period from 28% to 36%.

Another 14% are not sure about whether their home is worth enough to cover the mortgage. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

These findings add to an already gloomy housing picture. Both short and long-term confidence in the U.S. housing market continue to fall, with homeowners now expressing the highest level of pessimism in two years.  Just 15% expect the value of their home to go up this year, while 33% expect a decline.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 709 Homeowners was conducted on April 14-15, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


Become a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.