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Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report: Shifting Toward Short Sales

RealtyTrac® (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its Q4 and Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report™, which shows that sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank owned accounted for 24 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the fourth quarter — up from 20 percent of all sales in the previous quarter, but down from 26 percent of all sales in the fourth quarter of 2010.

“We continued to see a shift toward pre-foreclosure sales, or short sales, and away from REO sales in the fourth quarter,” Moore continued. “Nationally, pre-foreclosure sales increased 15 percent from a year ago while REO sales decreased 12 percent. Pre-foreclosure sales outnumbered REO sales in several bellwether markets, including Los Angeles, Miami and Phoenix, where REO sales had outnumbered pre-foreclosure sales a year ago. That trend will likely show up in more local markets in 2012 as lenders recognize short sales as a better option for many of their non-performing loans.”

caution-sign_ju_03 PLEASE READ THIS: 2012 is shaping up  to be the “perfect storm” in the realm of short sales. A) the banks FINALLY realize that it is in their best interests to approve a short sale rather than take a home back in foreclosure, B) the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act  is still in place, but only until the end of 2012 (and I wouldn’t bet the farm on the deadlocked politicians/bureaucrats in Washington easily coming to an extension agreement),  C) the inventory of decent single family homes here in Palm Beach County is extremely low, and D) many lenders are offering cash incentives to underwater and delinquent homeowners if they complete a short sale and meet other, minor benchmarks.

If you are upside-down..don’t me today, please. This year may be your best opportunity to sell your home in a manageable and dignified way.

My direct line is 561-602-1258.

Thanks for reading, Steve Jackson

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