The value of owner-occupied real estate in the United States posted its largest quarterly increase on record, jumping $1.1 trillion to $34.9 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve.
On the liabilities side of real estate’s balance sheet, home mortgages rose by $220 billion in the last quarter to $11.3 trillion, which is greater than the previous quarter’s quarterly increase in aggregate value. In terms of the scale of increases, real estate assets are increasing much faster than real estate liabilities. Per the latest reports by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the share of loans in forbearance has decreased not only in recent weeks (i.e., thru the third quarter) but were also trending lower in the second quarter itself. The most current report by the MBA, as of September 12, indicates a forbearance rate of 3%.
Finally, aggregate owners’ equity, that is, the difference between the market value of all owner-occupied real estate and the aggregate value of home mortgages increased in the latest quarter to $23.6 trillion, or 68% of all household real estate, the highest share since 1989.