South Florida’s ‘seriously underwater’ mortgages drop in second quarter, RealtyTrac says

South Florida homeowners continue to regain equity lost during the last decade’s housing crisis, as the number of “seriously underwater” mortgages has declined sharply over the past three years.

At the end of the second quarter, 17.3 percent of homeowners with a mortgage — 262,591 people in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties — owed at least 25 percent more than the property was worth, according to the RealtyTrac Inc. research firm in Irvine, Calif.

While that’s still higher than the national average of 11.9 percent, it is down from 22.4 percent (332,186 homeowners) at the end of the second quarter of 2015, RealtyTrac said.

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