Foreclosures Not Huge Savings Especially Places Like Destin or 30A Florida

While “foreclosure” remains a buzzword for bargain seekers, a study finds that
the actual discount off a “normal” price is far less than it used to
be.
According to a study by Zillow, the national average discount of a
real estate owned (REO) property compared to a non-REO was only 7.7 percent in
September – a sizable change from the 23.7 percent average discount that peaked
nationally in August 2009 and less than the average 9.1 percent discount one
year earlier.
In some areas of Florida, REOs aren’t a bargain at all.
Zillow included three Florida metro areas in its analysis and claims an average
REO savings of only 2.9 percent in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market – a
significant drop from the peak of 22.7 percent in August 2008 and a notable
decline year-to-year; in September 2011, a South Florida REO sold for 6.8
percent less.
In Tampa, a REO in September 2012 sold for 9 percent less
than a non-REO sale, down slightly from the 9.6 percent discount one year
earlier, but significantly lower than the peak 29.1 percent discount recorded in
November 2008.
In Orlando, the REO discount of 4.6 percent rose slightly
year-to-year; in September 2011, it was 2 percent. However, both numbers are
down from the peak 24.4 percent discount for a REO recorded in January
2010.
“The smallest foreclosure discount is found in places where  (DESTIN/30A corridor, Florida)“, says Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. “People are willing to pay
the same amount for a foreclosure re-sale that they would for a non-distressed
home simply to take advantage of historic affordability.”

Year-over-year foreclosure discounts fell in roughly three-quarters (76.9 percent) of metro
areas analyzed, and all metros are down from their peak. Nationwide, foreclosure
discounts reached their height in 2008 and 2009, and in some areas peaked at
more than 30 percent.

© 2012 Florida Realtors®

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