REO and short sale listings on the Central Coast continue to drop. In 2013, SLO County had the fewest “distressed property” listings (14%) since 2007, which was when the housing bubble was just beginning to pop.
Through January in 2014, just 8% of listings were foreclosures or short sales, which is an excellent indicator of just how far the recovery has come. Distressed properties accounted for up to 39% of all County listings in the worst years of the downturn (2009 through 2011). (Keith Byrd).
Foreclosure saturation hurts neighborhood home values, because foreclosure and short sale properties are priced at the lowest end. Reduced pricing can bleed over to “normal” prices and put downward pressure on neighborhood property values.
RealtTrac data affirms this drop in foreclosure trouble. “Foreclosure activity”, which includes pre foreclosures (-0.0% year-over-year), auctions (-60% YoY), and bank repossessions (-77.8% YoY), are significantly lower than the previous year in SLO County. (RealtyTrac).
As the economy slowly improves, Americans are doing a much better job with debt in general. The national default rate declined to 1.34% in January’s national composite, which is down from 1.63% the previous year. (HousingWire).
Americans are getting better at managing debt even as we take on more. Household debt rose by $241 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, including a 1.9% increase in mortgage debt (+$152 billion). (HousingWire).
The FHA Back to Work Program permits as low as a 12 month wait period if the payment difficulty came do to an “economic event”, such as a loss of job. Also, you can see here for our guide to repairing / improving your credit. (Central Coast Lending).
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