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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Banks Leaving Money on the Table "All Day Long"

by Calculated Risk on 3/21/2009 10:24:00 PM

If you missed this, Zach Fox at the North County Times had an incredible story: HOUSING: Banks selling properties in bulk for cheap

For example, a unit of Citigroup, the troubled financial giant, sold a foreclosure in Temecula to an Arizona investment firm for $139,000 when comparable homes in the area were selling for $240,000 to $260,000.

The firm listed the home for $249,000, received multiple offers and the property has entered escrow, said Amber Schlieder, the real estate agent who handled the listing.
Citi just left $100,000 on the table.

I hear stories like this all the time.

Here is a short video from KCET with a couple more examples (these are short sales):

Clearly the banks are overwhelmed and the process is broken. Maybe there is an opportunity here for added transparency ...