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Sunday, May 13, 2007

WSJ: Banks Selling Foreclosed Homes for "Huge Discounts"

by Calculated Risk on 5/13/2007 08:26:00 PM

From the WSJ: Mortgage Woes Force Banks To Take Hits to Sell Homes

An auction of nearly 100 foreclosed homes [in San Diego] Saturday showed that mortgage lenders are having to accept huge discounts in some cases to unload such properties.

A surge of foreclosures over the past year or so has left lenders struggling to sell a growing backlog of homes.
At the San Diego sale, houses and condos typically sold for about 30% below the previous sale or appraisal prices. In a few cases, the discounts were around 50%.

... A glut of condominiums also is weighing on the market. Peter Dennehy, a senior vice president at Sullivan Group Real Estate Advisors, a research firm here, estimates that at the current sales rate there are enough condos on the market to last about 29 months.