I was directed to a Web site this morning called Foreclosure Radar. Like most sites of this sort, its aim is to get real estate agents to subscribe to their service (for a fee) with referrals to be directed from the site back to the fee-paying agents. I typically avoid these sorts of things as fee-paid referrals up front can be a huge out-of-pocket expense with little or no return.
However, Foreclosure Radar does offer some interesting charts and graphs for foreclosure data. Interesting enough that I thought I’d post them here and then watch the stats for a couple of months to see how they compare, overall, to the stats I run and am able to gather off the NWMLS (NorthWest Multiple Listing Service).
So, with a bit of hesitation, but why not? going on, here are the pertinent September 2010 foreclosure statistics as posted by Foreclosure Radar for Auburn, WA.
Foreclosure Filings is meant to display the number of Notice of Trustee Sales that were filed. A Notice of Trustee Sale is filed no sooner than 30 days after the homeowner receives a Notice of Default.
Foreclosure Radar explains this chart as:” Preforeclosure inventory is an estimate of the number of properties that have had a Notice of Default filed against the property, but have not yet been Scheduled for Sale. The Scheduled for Sale inventory indicates those properties that have had a Notice of Trustee Sale filed, but have not yet been sold or had the sale cancelled. The Bank Owned (REO) inventory indicates the number of properties that have been sold Back to the Bank at the trustee sale, and which the bank has not yet resold to another party.”
There’s an error in the explanation for this chart, but even so I found it a bit disturbing. The Time to Foreclose illustrated here is meant to display the number of days after the Notice of Trustee Sale is filed before the bank actually forecloses. Statutory guidelines indicate that a minimum of 90 days must occur after the the Notice is recorded. As a agent that assists homeowners in selling short sales, I can tell you that in nearly every instance I’ve handled thus far, at least one auction postponement has occurred. What I believe this chart illustrates is that most homeowners are either unsuccessful in selling a short sale, or that they just didn’t try. These are, overall, very tight to that 90 day window!
Here’s the explanation from ForeclosureRadar: “Time to Foreclose—The average number of days between the filing of the Notice of Trustee’s Sale and the final sale at auction for foreclosure sales that occurred during the specified month. Time to Resell—The average number of days between the final sale at auction and when the property was resold by the bank or 3rd party.
As seen here, researching data from multiple sources helps provide a more complete view of what’s really happening in the world of foreclosures and short sales. Be sure to check in here regularly for updates based on real, locally produced, data.
As always, if you are behind in your payments now, or anticipate being so in the near future, please give me a call. A short sale is often the best solution to avoid foreclosure. I can help.