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Mastering Money is hosted by Certified Income Specialistâ„¢ Steve Jurich. Steve's comments have been seen on MarketWatch, CNBC.com, Bloomberg, and TheStreet.com. Steve is joined on most days by Money Radio favorite Sinclair Noe as well as experts and authors from the world of Wall Street and real estate. New episodes published every weekday at 9am PST. Listen every weekday to get a handle on emerging market trends, asset allocation strategies, social security, medicare, RMD planning, tax strategies, estate planning, annuities, life insurance and more!
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Dec 23, 2015

American homeowners are finally digging out of the hole created by the housing crisis says the Wall Street Journal, but their housing wealth is playing a much smaller role in the overall economy than it did before the downturn.

Home equity has roughly doubled to $12.1 trillion since house prices hit bottom in 2011, according to the Federal Reserve. As a result, a key gauge of housing wealth—homeowners’ equity as a share of real-estate values—is nearing the point seen a decade ago, before the downturn.

That would have resulted in a double-barreled boost to the economy by providing owners with more money to tap and making them feel more flush and likely to spend. But today, that new-found wealth has had little effect on behavior. There seems to be a reluctance to take out home equity loans. Lines of credit and cash-out refinances are higher than last year, but are still depressed, according to bankers. Steve and Sinclair review the trends in multiple areas.

In the Q & A Segment, CFP®, CIMA® Murray Titterington with IQ Wealth brings up to date on final changes in Social Security and tax saving opportunities that have been extended for 2015 and 2016.