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Short sales surged in second quarter: RealtyTrac

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Second-quarter pre-foreclosure sales jumped 19% from the previous quarter, suggesting more banks and distressed borrowers are searching for efficient ways to offload properties near foreclosure, RealtyTrac said. Third parties acquired 102,407 pre-foreclosures in the second quarter, while 162,680 bank-owned homes were sold in the same period. Pre-foreclosure sales are generally short sales and properties sold within the foreclosure process. “The jump in pre-foreclosure sales volume coupled with bigger discounts on pre-foreclosures and a shorter average time to sell pre-foreclosures all point to a housing market that is starting to focus on more efficiently clearing distressed inventory through more streamlined short sales — at least in some areas,” said James Sacchio, CEO of RealtyTrac. As for who is nabbing up distressed and bank-owned properties, RealtyTrac said third parties acquired 265,087 homes classified as in foreclosure or bank-owned in the second quarter. That is up 6% from the revised first quarter figure and down 11% from the second quarter of last year. The average sales price for foreclosures or bank-owned properties hit $164,217 in the second quarter, down less than 1% from the first quarter and 5% lower than a year earlier. The sales price for distressed real estate was 32% below the average sales price of homes not in foreclosure. States with the largest quarterly increase in pre-foreclosure home sales included Nevada, which experienced a 43% increase; Washington (39%), California (38%); and Texas (34%). The states with the highest number of foreclosure sales included Nevada, Arizona and California. Write to: Kerri Panchuk.

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