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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Foreclosure Auction Bidding Wars

by Calculated Risk on 6/28/2009 01:31:00 AM

First from Matt Padilla: Frenzied bidding on discounted foreclosures

Whenever I attended auctions in 2007 and 2008, investors generally passed on properties. But on June 26 they jumped on houses and condos with discounts of greater than $100,000 on the debt and fees owed on each property.

For example, at least four people bid on a two-bedroom house in Anaheim on Zeyn Street. Winning bid: $206,000. Amount owed before foreclosure: $565,000. Discount: $359,000. ...

The discount is what the bank is willing to accept; it’s not directly related to the current market value, though I am sure the bank has a ballpark value in mind when it decides how much to accept.
A few other examples:
•Another property in Anaheim, a condominium on South Walnut, sold for $154,000, 57% off the debt owed of $358,000. At least three investors bid on it.
•A property on West Sunflower in Santa Ana went for $110,500, close to a third of $319,663 owed. ...
Normally lenders just bid what they are owed at auction, but I've been hearing for several months about some lenders bidding substantial under the amount owed. Jillayne discussed this a couple of months ago for an auction in Bellevue, WA.

On a slightly different topic - many REOs are receiving multiple bids (because some lenders are trying to price them to start bidding wars). Here is a video from Jim the Realtor (after the ice cream truck bit) of an REO with 18 offers: