Almost 18 percent of homes sold at a loss in 2008

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | 10:44 a.m. CST

Nearly one out of every six homes in the nation were sold at negative equity last year, online real estate marketplace reported Tuesday.

The organization also found in its survey of 161 metropolitan areas:


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St. Louis was included among the cities studied. Zillow reported the average price of a single family home in the city was $140,769, down 3.7 percent from 2007. More than 32 percent of St. Louis homes sold for less than their purchase price.

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John Schultz February 3, 2009 | 11:27 a.m.

Sounds like short-term thinking to me. I don't really care what the value of my house is, as long as I'm current on the mortgage and it still provides shelter to my family. I'm not really sure what Zillow hoped to prove by published such a report.

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