REO Rebound: Activity in Some States Up Over 50%

bank owned open houseA few weeks back, we looked at the gradual rise in foreclosure activity across the country. Our primary lessons? Keep the REO rebound in perspective, but be prepared for the next wave as inventory shrinks and values climb. A new update from RealtyTrac underscores these takeaways, spotting increased REO movement in more than 33 states nationwide.
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HUD Homes: 9 Reasons to Consider One Real Estate’s Best Deals

Hud Homes - CaliforniaWe recently explored one of the most overlooked, yet crucial, parts of getting one’s offer accepted: Visit the property in person. But when time is short and our market is this competitive, what is the best way to prioritize where to focus your efforts as a buyer?

Easy: Start with a HUD home.
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Sacramento Market Comeback: “A Corner Has Been Turned”

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Remember last week when we considered the bulls’ and bears’ impressions of recent market boosts? It’s getting a little harder to be bearish: A pair of new reports — both here in Sacramento and a broader national outlook — explore the ways builders are looking to fill in housing inventory shortages. But with values up and a lot of “shadow inventory” also still on the books for lenders, we at WarrenAdams.com can expect HUD homes, bank-owned properties and other REO listings not to be far behind.
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Foreclosures Rise in May… Is This the Start of a Comeback?

Foreclosures RisingSouthern Washington. Western Pennsylvania. Southwest Florida. The entire state of Nevada. All of these locations — and many more, for that matter — are in the news today as evidence that foreclosures are coming back after a multi-year decline. According to Businessweek:

Lenders took back 38,946 homes, up from 34,997 in April, according to Irvine, California-based data firm RealtyTrac, which tracks notices of default, auction and seizures. Thirty-three states had increases in the number of homes repossessed, RealtyTrac said in a report today.

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House Flipping Hits High — But Why?

Flipping HousesA post today at Business Insider explains how California’s house-flipping pastime has taken on unprecedented dimensions:

The rate of flipping activity in California hit an all-time high in February and remains well above pre-recession levels. In May, Southern California’s rate hit 5.9%, the Bay Area notched 4.1% and the state averaged 5.3%. The boom peak for all three was about 4.3%, reached in January 2005.

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Bull or Bear? The Housing Market Debate Continues

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Today’s Wall Street Journal features an interesting article exploring the same question we’ve asked ourselves here time and again: How strong is the housing market really? The Journal offers differing views from housing bulls and bears, both starting from the obvious reality that the market is hot, but not seeing eye-to-eye on whether it’s especially strong:

The bull case says the housing market is in the early stages of a rebound that should last several years because the U.S. hasn’t built enough housing to support the country’s growth. The recession and the foreclosure crisis led to a sharp slump in new-home construction and in household formation. But the population didn’t stop growing. Instead, households simply doubled up or moved in with family.

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Foreclosures Down, But Watch For ‘Shadow Inventory’

HUD homes shadow inventory

Most industry observers know that the last year has seen foreclosures nationwide drop considerably from their peaks three or four years ago. But a glimpse past those numbers reveals another truth as well: “Shadow inventory,” the 1.7 million accounts currently delinquent by 90 days or more. Per a new report out of Washington (via Reuters):

“Not only are current REO inventory levels elevated … they may rise over the next several years depending on the number of shadow inventory properties that are ultimately foreclosed on,” the report stated.

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The Seller’s Market, By the Numbers

sellers marketConsider the source, but Century 21 came out with results of a study detailing what we’ve all known for a while: With inventory at staggering lows, a sellers market has blossomed nationwide. A sampling of the findings, via CNNMoney:

With fewer homes for sale and more buyers coming onto the market, sellers are less willing to negotiate on price like they were during the housing bust. According to the survey, 42% of the people shopping for homes have placed offers in the past six months, yet only 11% of the bids were accepted.

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New Housing Bubble? What New Housing Bubble?

bubbleHere’s an interesting read about the prospects of a new real estate/housing bubble, an idea that’s making the media rounds but doesn’t withstand closer scrutiny:

First, prices, as measured by Case-Shiller, are still down 27 percent from their peak seven years ago. But Case-Shiller calculates nominal prices, not real ones. And the consumer price index (inflation) is up 15 percent since 2006. So real house prices are about 37 percent below 2006 levels and are just now returning to where they were 13 years ago. […]

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How Do I Get My Offer Accepted? (Hint: Have You Seen the Property?)

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A usual day at the office involves a lot of phone calls, a lot of e-mails and a lot of questions. A LOT of questions. Sometimes I’m doing the asking, but often times, I’m attempting to provide the answers. Buyers and their agents often want to know about the best way to get an offer accepted, the intricacies of HUD financing, escrow policies, timetables and much more.

I thought I’d start using this space to discuss some of these issues. These matters aren’t unique to my office, either. They arise anywhere and everywhere property is sold. And in our hypercompetitive market, few if any questions come up more frequently than…
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