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More than Half of Foreclosures Still Occupied

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Even though it takes an average of 19 months to complete a foreclosure today, at least half of the bank-owned REOs in a recent RealtyTrac survey were still occupied by the former homeowner or a tenant.  Many of the owners who stayed in their homes did so rent-free for as much as two years or more since they made their ... Read More »

Shadow Inventory Down 23 Percent, Foreclosure Inventory Shrinks 35 Percent

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The numbers of foreclosures and potential foreclosures have fallen dramatically over the past 12 months as the foreclosure picture rapidly returns to pre-2006 levels.  The decline in foreclosures in the pipeline has important ramifications for real estate investors and local markets that are returning to health as they recover from the foreclosure flood that produced 4.9 million foreclosures since 2008. ... Read More »

Thousands of Vacated Foreclosures Destroy Neighborhoods

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Foreclosure filings fell 10 percent from January to February and sank to the lowest monthly total since December 2006 — a more than seven-year low, RealtyTrac reported. Yet more and more vacant foreclosures poison neighboring home values. As of the first quarter of 2014, a total of 152,033 U.S. properties in the foreclosure process (excluding bank-owned properties) had been vacated ... Read More »

Will Zombie Distress Sales Ruin the Party?

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  With the significant declines over past two years, the demise of distress sales as a matter pf concern has seemed a matter of a few months, until now.  Like a zombie rising from a grave, distress sales of various sorts have returned this winter and still account for one in four home sales, according to Clear Capital. February national ... Read More »

Flipping Moves on Up as Profits Rise 19 Percent

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Higher prices and fewer foreclosures have not put a dent in the flipping business.  In fact, last year saw 156,862 single family home flips — where a home is purchased and subsequently sold again within six months — in 2013, up 16 percent from 2012 and up 114 percent from 2011, according to RealtyTrac’s Year-End and Q4 2013 Home Flipping ... Read More »

Foreclosure Inventory Fell 31 Percent in 2013

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  There were 620,111 completed foreclosures across the country in 2013 compared to 820,498 in 2012, a decrease of 24 percent. For the month of December, there were 45,000 completed foreclosures, down from 52,000 in December 2012, a year-over-year decrease of 14 percent, according to CoreLogic.  Completed foreclosures are an indication of the total number of homes actually lost to ... Read More »

Distressed Sales Bumped Up Last Year

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  Just to prove that they are not quite ready for the history books, sales of foreclosures and short sales increased slightly last year.  Institutions bought 7.9 percent of all homes. RealtyTrac reported that short sales and foreclosure-related sales — including both sales to third party buyers at the public foreclosure auction and sales of bank-owned properties — accounted for ... Read More »

Foreclosures Fell to Seven Year Low Last Year

Foreclosure filings - default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions - were reported on 1,361,795 properties in 2013, down 26 percent from 2012 and down 53 percent from the peak of 2.9 million properties with foreclosure filings in 2010. The 1.4 million total properties with foreclosure filings in 2013 was the lowest annual total since 2007, when there were 1.3 million properties with foreclosure filings. Read More »

Foreclosure Rate in November Lower than 2000-2006

Only 46,000 completed foreclosures were reported for the entire month of November 2013, half the rate of foreclosure completions between 2000 and 2006 before the decline in the housing market in 2007 when they averaged 21,000 per month nationwide between Since the financial crisis began in September 2008, there have been approximately 4.7 million completed foreclosures nationwide. Read More »