Bottom line, foreclosures are down, way way down as are the numbers of people who are seriously delinquent in their mortgages.
So what you say? Well this is another reason to buy that first house now or to make that move up buy.
Our area had a HUGE HANGOVER of foreclosures and short sales that helped to hold prices down. Now that this is changing, that is another reason that prices will be going up faster in 2016.
What is the best advice? Make that first buy or move up buy now or, it will cost you a lot more at this same time next year.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the size of the foreclosure inventory in the nation. There has been some speculation that distressed property inventories are about to skyrocket. Today, we want to reveal what is actually taking place in this segment of the housing market.
CoreLogic, in their most recent National Foreclosure Report, reported that foreclosure inventory has decreased by 23.2% since this time last year. The report also showed that foreclosure inventory has decreased in 49 of the 50 states and that 45 states have posted a year-over-year, double-digit decline (see chart below).
Other findings in the report:
- The Seriously Delinquent Rate (homeowners more than 90 days behind in their mortgage payment) is 3.1% which is the lowest level since November 2007
- The Foreclosure Rate is 1.1% which is also the lowest level since November 2007
- This was the 53rd consecutive month that showed a decline in the Foreclosure Rate
Though foreclosures do remain in the market, the number is dramatically decreasing. The fact that mortgage delinquency rates are also decreasing means the worst of the foreclosure crisis is in the rearview mirror.
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