Data by LPS Applied Analytics shows that New York holds the longest average in the nation–mortgage loans in the foreclosure process in New York have been delinquent for 600 days on average.
Loans in foreclosure in Florida, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Maine have been delinquent for an average of more than 500 days. Close behind, California and Nevada’s home loans have been delinquent for 461 and 427 days.
Meanwhile, Nebraska and Wyoming were found to be the two speediest states — loans in the foreclosure process are delinquent by an average of 358 days.
What’s causing the long wait? Some states that use a judicial process have backlogged courts. Florida, which has some of the highest numbers of foreclosures in the country, has had to set up separate courts and bring in retired judges to help handle the skyrocketing foreclosure cases.
Government officials and agencies also cause foreclosure delays through temporary moratoriums, mandatory mediation sessions, and loan modification or assistance programs, experts say.
Plus, mortgage servicers may even cause delays, not wanting to take on the legal and financial responsibilities of owning any more homes.
“Foreclosure typically isn’t making a profit, it’s minimizing a loss,” says Rick Sharga, senior vice president at Realty Trac. “It’s hard to get the (investors) who own the notes excited about spending more money to execute a foreclosure. Ironically, the longer these things take, the more it costs.”
Source: “Foreclosure Process Moves at Snail’s Pace,” The Oakland Tribune (Jan. 2, 2011)
A recent survey conducted by Trulia and RealtTrac found that the negative sentiment towards buying foreclosed properties has decreased compared to one year ago. With 78 percent of U.S. adults believing there are downsides to buying foreclosed properties compared to 85 percent in May 2009. Among those who think there are negative aspects to purchasing a foreclosed home, the top concerns about purchasing a foreclosed property between May 2010 and May 2009 include:
|Negative Sentiment||May 2010||May 2009|
|Hidden Costs||68 percent||71 percent|
|Process is risky||49 percent||46 percent|
|Home will lose value||35 percent||31 percent|
“Although fewer consumers expressed interest in buying a foreclosed home than a year ago, the actual sales of bank-owned properties (REOs), along with sales of properties in the foreclosure process, continue to increase — accounting for more than 30 percent of total sales in the first quarter of 2010 according to our data,” said Rick Sharga, senior vice president for RealtyTrac. “We anticipate that there will be an increased number of both REO purchases and short sales throughout the rest of the year as the most active buying segments – first time home buyers and investors – continue to look for bargains.”
“It appears that potential homebuyers are taking a more realistic view of foreclosure purchasing,” Sharga continued. “Buying a foreclosure property still provides an opportunity for dramatic savings on a home, but the time and effort involved in executing a short sale, bidding against other buyers for an REO, or the need to do renovations may be issues for buyers not as focused on getting the best price.”
The Bank-Owned Discount
The survey also found that 18 percent of U.S. adults expect bank-owned homes to offer a realistic price discount of less than 25 percent off the value of a similar home that was not in foreclosure. However, not all consumers have realistic expectations, with 36 percent saying that they expect to receive a discount of 50 percent or more when purchasing a bank-owned property. Most consumers (95 percent) would expect to pay less for a foreclosed home than for a similar home for sale that is not in foreclosure.
The survey also found some interesting demographics of who is buying the foreclosed homes.
Renters are showing strong interest in buying foreclosed properties, with 57 percent at least somewhat likely to purchase a foreclosed home in the future. In comparison, only 40 percent of current homeowners would consider buying a foreclosure in the future. Additionally, the likelihood to consider purchasing a foreclosure decreases with age: 65 percent of renters ages 18-34, 63 percent of renters between the ages of 35-44, and 54 percent of renters ages 45-54 are at least somewhat likely to consider purchasing a foreclosure, compared to only 31 percent of renters 55 years and older.
RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for April 2010, which shows that foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 333,837 properties in April, a 9 percent decrease from the previous month and a 2 percent decrease from April 2009. One in every 387 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.
“There were two important milestones in the April numbers that show foreclosure activity has begun to plateau — but at a very high level that will not drop off in the near future,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “April was the first month in the history of our report with an annual decrease in U.S. foreclosure activity. Secondly, bank repossessions, or REOs, hit a record monthly high for the report even while default notices dropped substantially on a monthly and annual basis. We expect a similar pattern to continue for most of this year, with the overall numbers staying at a high level and ripples of activity hitting the various stages of the foreclosure process as lenders systematically work through the backlog of distressed properties.”
Foreclosure Activity by Type
During the month a total of 103,762 properties received default notices (NOD, LIS), a decrease of 12 percent from the previous month and a decrease of 27 percent from April 2009 — when default activity peaked at more than 142,000.
Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time on a total of 137,643 properties during the month, a decrease of 13 percent from the previous month — when auction activity peaked with more than 158,000 properties scheduled for auction for the first time. Auction activity was up 1 percent from April 2009.
Bank repossessions (REOs) hit a record monthly high for the report in April, with a total of 92,432 properties repossessed by lenders during the month — an increase of 1 percent from the previous month and an increase of 45 percent from April 2009. Bank repossessions were less than 1 percent above their previous peak of 92,182 in December 2009.
Five states account for more than 50 percent of national total
California, Florida, Michigan, Illinois and Nevada accounted for 52 percent of the national total. California led the way, with 69,725 properties receiving a foreclosure filing — although that total was down 25 percent from the previous month and down nearly 28 percent from April 2009.
California posted the nation’s fourth highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 192 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, and Utah posted the nation’s fifth highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 221 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing.
Foreclosure activity in Modesto, Calif., decreased 32 percent from April 2009, but the metro still posted the nation’s second highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 101 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month. Other California cities in the top 10 were Merced at No. 3 (one in every 104 housing units); Stockton at No. 5 (one in 108); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 6 (one in 110); Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 8 (one in 117); and Bakersfield at No. 9 (one in 120).
Fannie Mae’s First Look, initially started in late 2009, is designed to provide owner occupants a “first look” at Fannie Mae homes. Under this policy, Fannie Mae will only consider offers from owner occupants and buyers using public funds during the First Look marketing period which is typically the first 15 days a property is listed. If the property is still for sale after the First Look Marketing period expires, investor offers may be submitted and will be considered. Properties in the First Look marketing period will have a timer with the number of days remaining on the Fannie Mae Home Path property details page.
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Notice of Defaults, the start of the foreclosure process, increased by only 3.5%. March 2010 had a total of 147 NOD’s filed compared to last month’s 142.
The number of homes in Shasta County that had a Notice of Trustee’s sale filed, increased by 8% from last month’s 119 to 129 this month.
There were a total of 105 trustee’s sales, with the banks taking back 98 homes as REO’s and only 7 homes sold to a 3rd party investor.
There are currently 165 REO / Bank owned properties for sale on the Shasta County MLS with 85 REO / Bank owned homes selling last month.
Download the full report at Foreclosure Radars website.