Where the market has not hit bottom

The Foreclosures Facts

 RealtyTrac found. while the number of overall foreclosures fell by 35% in June from a year ago – to the lowest level since December 2006 – the number of so-called judicial foreclosures surged 34%.

In California, we have a trust deed state. That means that foreclosure is a set process that just goes through the steps with no judge involved. It takes a lot less time here. If you need a judge, it’s a lengthy process especially with the fact that most states are broke and have laid off employees.

There are 23 “judicial states,” where the courts oversee the foreclosure process. “If it is a judicial foreclosure, then it goes through the court system and the bank has to sue the homeowners,” Foreclosure signexplains Carey Frankel, a Realtor based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “This is a lengthy process that delays the time from default to actual possession of the property by the bank,” Frankel says. In a non-judicial state, the lender might only notify the owners that they are in default before putting the home up for auction. (Each non-judicial foreclosure state has its own requirements.)

Foreclosures in New Jersey rose 103%, Florida surged 100%, Maryland 94%, New York 66% and Illinois 65%. What’s more, many of these properties are likely to come to market in the next six to 12 months, says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “If you missed the bottom of the housing market, this might be the last chance to get a bargain on one of these foreclosure “, he said.

Are Housing Gains in for a slowdown?

Housing prices are rising at the fastest pace since 2005. Construction is up big time.

Low supply could change quickly and interest rates could rise once the feds stop manipulating them. As prices rise,less people are upside down and will put their houses on the market.

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Florida Real Estate

Interesting. Just got back from Palm Beach County and they lead the nation in real estate price increase last year. They were up 35%. That is suspicious because it is a judicial foreclosure state which means it has to go through the courts. Not like California real estate foreclosure which has a trust deed system. There is no court approval needed here. It just goes through the system- 90 days for notice of default and then 21 days from notice of sale until actual sale. Because of the court approval needed, Palm beach cty has a 4 month inventory and we only have a 30 day inventory. Their market might be hot but is is no where as hot as ours is. Still interesting. Maybe i should be bi-coastal.

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New Home Sales jump to 2 yr high

Looks like buyers are back. The emotional sentiment that drives housing is definitely on the positive side. In addition the lack of inventory has driven prices up so 1.3 million less people are upside down. So, sellers are back. The problem is without enough inventory, this can’t sustain itself. Even though building is starting to ramp up, it takes 2 years from permit to house.

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