As the inventory of existing homes seeks a new normal, we find that the

distressed properties are a big portion of our market.  Following the trends

in this area can give us insight into the future. The following chart shows

how they affect our market every month. And I see some encouraging


HUD home notice

Percentage of Foreclosures/Short Sales of Grand Rapids sold properties.

Short Sales and Foreclosures Grand Rapids mi 2009

Looking at the chart you can see that Foreclosures & Short Sales control

over 59% of our current market volume in January 2010 but the $ Dollar

percentage is only 44%. I am guessing the dollar percentage of total sales

will increase over time so the short sales and foreclosures will not have

as much of an effect on current  traditional (non-foreclosure + short sale)


Experts in the financial markets have written extensively about the increase

coming in the foreclosure market, last month figures were estimated to be

3 million or more homes that are facing foreclosure in U.S. in the next

6-12 months.

G R MI home

So, will a buyer always go for the distressed sale home over the traditional sale?

Apparently not.  We hear from our buyer clients over and over that they

DO NOT WANT TO DO REPAIRS or UPDATING.  They want to purchase a

home and get on with their life – not devote 6 months to 12 months of their

spare time and money on painting, repairs and updating. If they can buy a

home that is in good condition and is a foreclosure or short sale home, great!

But that is not usually the case.

We have seen that banks are starting to do basic repairs and updates before

putting homes on our local market.  What a difference this makes to first time

buyers who don’t have money for extra repairs and updates.


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