Want to buy distressed homes in Lower Makefield Township?
According to October data from foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings topped 300,000 for the 20th straight month last month as 1 in every 389 U.S. homes received a foreclosure filing.
The generic term “foreclosure filing” is defined to include default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions. Versus the month prior, filings fell 4 percent, and as compared to October 2009, filings were essentially the same.
As usual, foreclosure density varied by region last month, with just 5 states accounting for close to half of the nation’s repossessed homes.
- California : 14.8 percent of all bank repossessions
- Florida : 14.4 percent of all bank repossessions
- Michigan : 7.3 percent of all bank repossessions
- Texas : 6.6 percent of all bank repossessions
- Arizona : 6.0 percent of all bank repossessions
The other 45 states accounted for the remaining half.
It reminds us that, what I have been pointing for a while, now, and that is, that all real estate is local. It can even vary neighborhood by neighborhood!
Having said that, there is no doubt, that we have seen more distressed property activity in Lower Makefield Township, and Yardley, than I have ever seen since I have been in realestate. For today’s Lower Makefield Township home buyers, though, foreclosures can represent an interesting opportunity.
Homes bought in various stages of foreclosure are often less expensive than other, non-foreclosure homes and it’s one of the reasons why distressed home sales now represent 35 percent of all home resales. But don’t confuse less expensive for less costly. Foreclosed homes may also be in various stages of disrepair. Getting them into living condition can be expensive. Often times the banks are extremely difficult to deal with, and can take months and months to make a decision on offers. Further, generally speaking, the banks who own properties, will not consider doing any repairs that may be necessary. The prospective buyer, is often on their own when it comes to taking on future repairs that are needed. It is critically important to understand the process, if you are considering buying a foreclosure or even a property that is in short sale.
Your best real estate “deal”, therefore, may be that non-distressed home that’s in sound, move-in ready condition.
If you’re buying foreclosures — or even just thinking about it — make sure you talk with a real estate agent first. Buying distressed property is different from the “typical” home purchase. You’ll want somebody experienced in your corner, who can explain clearly, what you are likely to encounter.Continue Reading > Add a Comment
Foreclosure Activity By Metro Area, Q3 2010
Foreclosures are a big part of the housing market, with distressed properties accounting for 35 percent of all home resales last month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.
But for as common as foreclosures can be, they remain a localized concern. Data from foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac shows that more than half of last quarter’s foreclosures came from just 19 metropolitan areas, with the Miami-Fort Lauderdale are accountable for the largest number of filings.
A “foreclosure filing” is defined as a default notice, scheduled auction, or bank repossession.
On a per-household basis last quarter, the Las Vegas area was hardest hit. 1 in every 25 households received some form of foreclosure notice.
The RealtyTrac report features other interesting figures, too:
- California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada account for the top 10, and19 of the top 20 metro areas for foreclosures
- Compared to Q3 2009, foreclosure activity dropped in 72 metro areas, including No. 2 Cape Coral/Fort Myers, FL
- Foreclosure activity dropped 1 percent from Q3 2009 in the nation’s 20 most-populated cities
And, despite a 27 percent increase in foreclosures from the second quarter, Utica/Rome, NY posted the lowest foreclosure rate in the nation — 1 for every 8,003 households. The next closest city, Charleston, WV, posted 1 for every 2,600 households, by comparison.
Foreclosures, like everything in real estate, are local. And buying them is “different” from buying a typical home resale. If you’re planning to buy a foreclosed home, speak with a real estate agent with specific experience with homes in foreclosure. Professional advice is helpful.Continue Reading > Add a Comment
Foreclosure update for Yardley, Newtown & Bucks County.
The number of foreclosure filings rose 3 percent in September, according to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac. The term “foreclosure filing” is a catch-all word for housing, comprising default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions.
September marked the 19th straight month that the number of filings topped 300,000, and the first month in which 100,000 repossessions were logged.
As usual, a small number of states dominated the national foreclosure figures, accounting for more than half of all repossessions.
- California : 17% of all repossessions
- Florida : 13% of all repossessions
- Michigan : 7% of all repossessions
- Arizona : 7% of all repossessions
- Texas : 5% of all repossessions
- Georgia : 5% of all repossessions
Thankfully for home sellers, mortgage servicers appear to be metering the pace at these newly bank-owned homes are made available to the public. RealtyTrac notes that, in doing so, servicers prevent “the further erosion of home prices”.
That said, distressed properties still sell at a steep discount.
In the second quarter of 2010, the average sale price of homes in the foreclosure process was 26 percent lower than the average sale price of homes not in the foreclosure process. It’s no surprise, therefore, that, based on RealtyTrac’s preliminary data, 31 percent of all homes sold in September were “distressed”.
There’s lot of good deals out there, in other words, but they come with certain risks.
Buying a foreclosed home is not the same as buying a non-foreclosed home. Specifically, you’re buying from a corporation and not from a “person”. Contracts may vary, and so may terms.
There is currently a great deal of uncertainty about what is going to happen with regards to homes that are going into foreclosure, and even homes that have recently been through foreclosure. I have read articles recently, in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, suggesting that there may be home owners who lost homes to foreclosure, who may look into trying to re-claim their home, in light of the current situation, with every state in the country looking into the documentation issues relating to foreclosures.
The heavy concentration of foreclosures in 6 states, highlights the point I have been making for a while, relative to our real estate market in Yardley, Newtown and all over Bucks County, which is that our market is not dominated by distressed property sales. Yes there are more of those than in the past, but for most of our local markets, distressed properties do not dominate the market.
If you have questions or thoughts about buying distressed properties, please let me know.Continue Reading > Add a Comment