Thursday, October 27, 2011

REOs. Where did they go?

Foreclosures have been all over the news for a few years now. If you've ever wondered what's happening to all of those REO homes, here's some information:
In 2006, just as the housing bubble popped, over 355,000 properties proceeded through a foreclosure auction. CoreLogic’s data show that approximately 34 percent (122,000) were successfully bid on by an investor. The remaining 66 percent (233,000) went back to the banks as REO properties.

Of the properties that went into REO, CoreLogic reports that 90 percent (210,000) were liquidated as REO sales to third-party buyers. Nearly half of those sales took six months or less to complete, but 21 percent took 12 months or longer.

Nearly 10 percent (23,200) of the properties added to the REO inventory in 2006 remained in REO as of mid-2010, according to CoreLogic’s analysis. Similarly, of 2007’s REOs, 10 percent have never left the banks’ books.

CoreLogic says investors have shifted from buying properties at foreclosure auction to buying properties at the REO sale, increasing the burden of losses on banks holding REO properties.

The company also found that only 2 percent of the bank-owned homes bought with a mortgage in 2006 have since been foreclosed on again and made an encore appearance as REO.