Another Big Lender Stops Foreclosures

JPMorgan Chase, has stopped foreclosures so it can review loan documents for errors.  It is the second major mortgage lender to do so.  Read more.

Foreclosure, REO Home Prices Rise

Average sale prices for homes in foreclosure and those owned by banks rose 1.6 percent in the second quarter compared to the first quarter and 6.1 percent year over year, according to RealtyTrac, a foreclosure marketing service.

The average price of these homes in the second quarter was $174,198 nationwide, but was significantly higher in California where the average price, according to RealtyTrac, was $256,833. These prices reflected homes sold by lenders or by homeowners who had received at least one notice of default.

About 24 percent of all properties sold in the second quarter were REOs and foreclosures. Their prices were on average 26 percent lower than those of homes not in foreclosure, RealtyTrac reported.

RealtyTrac Senior Vice President Rick Sharga projected that it would be the end of 2013 before the housing marked works its way through the foreclosure inventory.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Alejandro Lazo and Daily Finance, Hugh Collins (09/30/2010)

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