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How Foreclosures Have Impacted Property Values

How Foreclosures Have Impacted Property ValuesDo you want to know how foreclosures have impacted property values?

Well, let's take a stroll down memory lane. I have been in the real estate business since 1991, so here is what I would have said to a question about how foreclosures have impacted property values:

1991-2006: "In regards to how foreclosures have impacted property values ... they haven't! Foreclosures represent a minority of our home sales, less than 2 percent, so we just ignore them when we determine the value of a property."

2007-2009: "In regards to how foreclosures have impacted property values ... they are a different type of home sale. They shouldn't be used to determine the value of your home, you just need to know that they represent nearly 20% of the market (including pre-foreclosures, short sales, bank owned properties, etc.) and will distract some of the home buyers out there."

2010-2012: "In regards to how foreclosures have impacted property values ... they are definitely impacting home values. As much as 40% of the market is distressed property sales, so the market is split. Buyers who have time and a willingness to do some clean-up are considering both sides of the market split."

Beyond 2012: "In regards to how foreclosures have impacted property values ... they dominate the market. More than half of all homes for sale in Tallahassee is a foreclosure, short sale or some type of distressed property. A non-distressed home might sell for 5 %to 10% more due to a better control on closing dates and the property must be in ready to move-in condition."

How Foreclosures Have Impacted Property Values

The real estate graph below shows the breakdown of homes for sale in Tallahassee.

The green area shows the number of arms length homes for sale (each month going back to June 2010), while the red area shows the number of distressed properties for sale in Tallahassee.

Foreclosure Property Values

How Foreclosures Have Impacted Property Values In Your Neighborhood

If you are thinking about selling your home, just drop me a note and we can review your options. We can show you how foreclosures have impacted property values in your neighborhood, so you must decide whether to sell immediately or wait for the wave of foreclosures to push through the market.

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