How much mortgage debt is there in the USA?
Given all the worries about credit in this country, and subprime mortgages, I was curious as to what the entire amount of home mortgage debt is. There are about 110 million households in the country, with 70% of them owned residences. Let’s say there are 75 million owned homes. Not all have mortgages, but if 70 million do, and the average mortgage amount on such homes is $ 200,000, that comes out to a scary $ 14 TRILLION of mortgage debt in the USA. If just 2% default, the amount of bad home loans is $ 280 billion. It could obviously be much higher.
Does anyone know what total mortgage debt is per household and in total? This is a real problem that could damage the economy.