Jargon Buster - Definition of Negative Equity

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Negative Equity

is where the value of a property drops to below the mortgage amount. This basically means that more money is owed on the house/property than what it's current value is.

For example:

Original value of property: £150,000

Deposit paid: £30,000

Mortgage taken: £120,000

If the value of the property drops to below £120,000 then there is negative equity for the borrower.


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