Wednesday, August 12, 2009

National Data: Distressed Sales and Types of Buyers

by Calculated Risk on 8/12/2009 07:13:00 PM

Here is some national data on the number of distressed sales in Q2, and the types of homebuyers. This is from a survey by Campbell Communications (excerpted with permission).

Source: Summary Report--Real Estate Agents Report on Home Purchases and Mortgages, Campbell Communications, June 2009

Distressed Sales Click on graph for larger image in new window.

The Campbell survey broke REOs down into damaged and move-in ready.

According to this national survey of real estate agents, over 63% of sales were distressed sales in Q2. This is higher than the numbers reported by NAR. From NAR:

Distressed properties ... accounted for 31 percent of sales in June ... Distressed properties, which declined to 33 percent of all sales in May from 45 percent in April ...
The Campbell numbers seem high to me. In Sacramento over 70% of sales in June were distressed, and I'd expect that area to well above the national level. But the NAR numbers seem low.

Sales by Buyer Type The second graph breaks out sales by buyer type.

According to the Campbell survey over 70% of sales in Q2 were to first-time buyers and investors.

Although we don't have historical data for distressed properties - or buyer types - this does suggest a market that is far from normal with few move-across or move-up buyers.