One out of Every Three US Home Sales in Q1’10 Was a Foreclosure Property ; RealtyTrac

One out of every three US home sales in the first quarter was a foreclosure property as steep price discounts increased demand for distressed real estate, RealtyTrac said in a new report on Wednesday.

“[The] report shows that foreclosure homes accounted for 31% of all residential sales in the first quarter of 2010, and that the average sales price of properties that sold while in some stage of foreclosure was nearly 27% below the average sales price of properties not in the foreclosure process.”

“First time homebuyers and investors continue to buy foreclosure properties in large numbers, and at substantial discounts,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “As lenders have begun repossessing homes at record levels over the first half of 2010, it will be interesting to watch how they will manage the inventory levels of distressed properties on the market in order to prevent more dramatic price deterioration.”

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