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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lawler: Preliminary Table of Distressed Sales and Cash buyers for Selected Cities in February

by Calculated Risk on 3/13/2014 10:58:00 AM

Economist Tom Lawler sent me the preliminary table below of short sales, foreclosures and cash buyers for several selected cities in February.

From CR: This is just a few markets for February - more to come.

Total "distressed" share is down in all of these markets, mostly because of a sharp decline in short sales.

Foreclosures are down in most of these areas too, although foreclosures are up a little in Las Vegas (there was a state law change that slowed foreclosures dramatically in Nevada at the end of 2011 - so it isn't a surprise that foreclosures are up a little year-over-year).

The All Cash Share (last two columns) is declining year-over-year.  As investors pull back, the share of all cash buyers will probably decline.

In general it appears the housing market is slowly moving back to normal.

Short Sales ShareForeclosure Sales Share Total "Distressed" ShareAll Cash Share
Las Vegas14.0%37.9%12.0%10.2%26.0%48.1%46.8%59.5%
Mid-Atlantic 7.7%13.6%10.9%12.1%18.6%25.6%21.4%22.8%
So. California*9.4%22.4%6.8%16.2%16.2%38.6%30.9%36.9%
Hampton Roads    30.7%34.2%  
Memphis*  22.1%29.0%    
Springfield IL**  17.9%26.4%    
*share of existing home sales, based on property records
**Single Family Only