Foreclosure Sales are Down, Average Discount 34%

In the third quarter of 2011, homes that were in foreclosure accounted for 20 percent of all residential sales in the country, according to RealtyTrac in its latest Foreclosure Sales Report. 

While a high number of foreclosures still persist, the bulk of foreclosed home sales is shrinking. In the second quarter of 2011, foreclosures accounted for 22 percent of all sales and 30 percent of all sales in the third quarter of 2010. For comparison, in 2005 and 2006, foreclosure sales accounted for less than 5 percent of all sales.

Foreclosures continue to sell at big discounts compared to non-foreclosures. Foreclosures in the third quarter sold for about a 34 percent discount compared to the average home not in foreclosure, according to RealtyTrac. The average sales price of a home in foreclosure was $165,322, which is up 1 percent from the second quarter, yet down by 3 percent from the third quarter of 2010….read more 

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