Morning Minute: More homeowners have positive equity in their homes

As home prices have risen, so too has the number of U.S. homeowners who have regained positive equity in their homes. According to CoreLogic’s 2013 Equity Report, 4 million more homeowners returned to positive equity on their homes last year, NAR reports. While 42.7 million homeowners now have positive equity, there were still 6.5 million underwater homeowners by the end of 2013.

In other headlines:

Program helps Rockford and Freeport residents buy vacant homes – WREX

Bill to Help Ease Flood Insurance Hikes – WHBF

Home Sales Down in Rockford Area – WIFR

Chicago can have a manufacturing future – Chicago Sun-Times

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.