by AnnaMaria Andriotis
Despite signs that the real estate market is bottoming out, millions of homeowners are likely to find themselves in worse shape within the next two years.
Nearly half of the nation’s 52 million mortgage borrowers will have negative equity by the end of the first quarter of 2011, up from the 14 million at the end of this year’s first quarter, according to estimates in an Aug. 5 report by Deutsche Bank. With so many borrowers underwater – or owing more on their home than it’s worth – the risk is high that they’ll default and their homes will go into foreclosure, says Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. (Moody’s Economy.com estimates that 17.5 million mortgage borrowers will be underwater by early 2010.)
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