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Nearly 1 in every 4 Illinois sales foreclosure-related

by Joe Zekas on 12/7/12

RealtyTrac released its Q3 2012 Foreclosure & Short Sales Report yesterday. In, Q3 24% of Illinois sales, or nearly in every 4, were foreclosure-related.

The report:

… shows a total of 193,059 U.S. properties in some stage of foreclosure or bank-owned (REO) were sold during the third quarter, an increase of 21 percent from the previous quarter, but still down 3 percent from the third quarter of 2011.
The report also shows that foreclosure-related sales accounted for 19 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the third quarter — down from 20 percent in the previous quarter but the same level as in the third quarter of 2011.

Counter to the trend in recent years, sales of properties in some stage of foreclosure (pre-foreclosure sales) outnumbered sales of foreclosed, bank-owned properties in the third quarter. A total of 98,125 pre-foreclosure sales occurred during the quarter compared to a total of 94,934 REO sales.

Other high-level findings from the report
Pre-foreclosure sales increased 22 percent from the previous quarter and were also up 22 percent from the third quarter of 2011, while the average sales price decreased 3 percent from the previous quarter and was down 5 percent from a year ago.

REO sales increased 19 percent from the previous quarter but were still down 20 percent from the third quarter of 2011. The average REO sales price decreased 7 percent from the previous quarter but was still up 7 percent from the third quarter of 2011.

Homes in foreclosure or bank owned sold at an average price that was 32 percent below the average price of a home not in foreclosure, up from a 29 percent discount in the second quarter and a 31 percent discount in the third quarter of 2011.

Short sales of properties not in the foreclosure process increased 15 percent from the previous quarter and were up 17 percent from the third quarter of 2011. These non-foreclosure short sales accounted for an estimated 22 percent of all residential sales, bringing the total distressed sale share to an estimated 41 percent for the quarter.

Non-foreclosure short sales prices in the third quarter fell short of the total amount of loans outstanding by an average of $82,312 per short sale. For all short sales, including non-foreclosure and in-foreclosure properties, the sales price was short of combined loan amounts by average of $94,896 per short sale.

“The shift toward earlier disposition of distressed properties continued in the third quarter as both lenders and at-risk homeowners are realizing that short sales are often a better alternative than foreclosure,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac. “However, the scheduled expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act at the end of this year could stifle this trend toward short sales. If that law expires as scheduled, homeowners who agree to a short sale could see their income tax jump significantly because the portion of the unpaid loan balance not covered by the short sale proceeds will be considered taxable income in many cases.

“The prospect of being taxed on potentially tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income may motivate more distressed homeowners to forgo a short sale and allow the home to be foreclosed,” continued Blomquist. “Additionally, if the mortgage interest deduction is eliminated due to the fiscal cliff quagmire, it would give many underwater and otherwise distressed homeowners one less reason to hang on to their homes.”

Pre-foreclosure sales increase from previous quarter and a year ago
Third parties purchased a total of 98,125 pre-foreclosure residential properties — in default or scheduled for auction — during the third quarter, an increase of 22 percent from the previous quarter and also an increase of 22 percent from the third quarter of 2011. Pre-foreclosure sales accounted for 10 percent of all sales during the quarter, the same as the previous quarter but up from 8 percent of all sales in the third quarter of 2011.

Pre-foreclosure properties sold for an average price of $191,025 in the third quarter, down 3 percent from the second quarter and down 5 percent from the third quarter of 2011. The average sales price of a pre-foreclosure residential property in the third quarter was 27 percent below the average sales price of a non-foreclosure residential property, up from a 25 percent discount in the previous quarter and a 19 percent discount in the third quarter of 2011.

Pre-foreclosure homes that sold in the third quarter took an average of 359 days to sell after starting the foreclosure process, up from an average of 319 days in the previous quarter and up from an average of 318 days in the third quarter of 2011.

REO sales spike from previous quarter, still down from a year ago
Third parties purchased a total of 94,934 bank-owned (REO) residential properties in the third quarter, an increase of 19 percent from the previous quarter but down 20 percent from the third quarter of 2011. REO sales accounted for 10 percent of all residential sales during the quarter, the same as in the second quarter but down from 11 percent of sales in the third quarter of 2011.

REOs sold for an average price of $161,954 in the third quarter, down 7 percent from the second quarter but up 7 percent from the third quarter of 2011. The average sales price of a bank-owned home in the third quarter was 38 percent below the average price of a non-foreclosure home, up from a 33 percent discount in the second quarter but down from a 39 percent discount in the third quarter of 2011.

REOs that sold in the third quarter took an average of 186 days to sell after being foreclosed, down from 195 days in the second quarter and 193 days in the third quarter of 2011.

Non-foreclosure short sales increase from previous quarter and a year ago
Short sales (where the sales price was below the estimated amount of all outstanding loans for a given property) of properties not in foreclosure increased 15 percent from the previous quarter and were up 17 percent from the third quarter of 2011.

These non-foreclosure short sales accounted for an estimated 22 percent of all residential sales during the third quarter. When combined with the foreclosure sales share of 19 percent, that brought the total distressed sales share for the quarter to an estimated 41 percent of all residential sales.

On average, these non-foreclosure short sales had a final sales price that was $82,312 below the combined amount of outstanding loans for the property being sold. For all short sales, including both non-foreclosure and in-foreclosure, the final sales price was on average $94,896 short of the loan amount.

You can read the full report at RealtyTrac.

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