Surveying the seascape dejectedly,
Said: "A fifth of home loans
Are, like Davy Jones,
Underwater, with negative equity."
"Are homeowners fixing their balance sheets?" asks the Wall Street Journal's real estate blog, and cites lower-trending US mortgage default figures as a hopeful sign. However, it goes on to say that the "shadow inventory" of homes in foreclosure -- as well as those with defaulted or delinquent loans likely to be foreclosed on -- has remained consistent. CoreLogic recently estimated that 22.7% of all homes have negative equity, a figure essentially unchanged over the last two years. Bewarrrre Davy Jones locker, all ye mortgage lenders!