Continuing an almost four-year trend, aggregate consumer debt levels have recently been reported to record their lowest since 2006.
Mortgage debt, the largest component of aggregate consumer debt, decreased by 1.5% from the previous quarter, and the lowest tally since 2006. This drop comes amidst a cumulative increase in mortgage originations, where hundreds of billions of dollars in new mortgage debt appear on consumer credit reports. In contrast, delinquent mortgages decreased from 6.3% to 5.9%.
Other components of the aggregate also increased up to 2.3% for non-real estate obligations. Increases across the board were reported for student loans, with an increase of 11% (mainly due to defaulted loans), automobile loans, with an increase of 4.2% (due to outstanding balances yet to be paid), and outstanding credit card balances. The rate of equity lines for home loans remains high at 4.9% though. These nationwide figures are indicative of the situation in Missouri.
Economic analysts see these as positive indications for a rebounding economy, wherein people are becoming more and more confident in their financial position. This fosters a level of comfort where previously delayed purchases are most likely to be made. In this financial climate, buying a home is advisable especially if 100% financing is available. First time home buyers are more likely to be among the majority who are not delinquent in their mortgages.
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