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Halloween is Over so Why are We Zombie'd STILL?

Thursday, November 5, 2015   /   by Extreme Home Selling Team

Halloween is Over so Why are We Zombie'd STILL?

Schroedinger's CatBy now, most people (even kids) are familiar with the term 'Zombie'... A person who has been cursed to walk the earth as an Undead Body eating the Brains of the Living! When we call homes by that well-described moniker, we're labeling a property that is left to rot and figuratively suck the life out of the Neighborhood by devaluing the homes surrounding it due to low or no maintenance. The title is in foreclosure but caught between the Owner and the Lender.

Hmmm....  Sounds kinda like Schrodinger's Cat! It is, but it isn't!

The latest figures show that Sarasota and Manatee Counties hold 6.1% in Zombie Inventory, ranking in at 39th HIGHEST among Major U.S. Metro Areas according to RealtyTrac. The Good News? Those figures were down 40% over the quarter and 70% over the year! Charlotte County, in comparison, holds 6.3% in Zombie Inventory, down 26% for the quarter and 52% over the year.

Why such incredible DECREASES? Several conditions exist...
Less properties are entering the Foreclosure Process.
Court Systems are processing cases faster in a streamline fashion.
Rising Prices are encouraging Lenders to put available Properties on the Market now rather than later.

State-wise, Florida has a 5.5% Zombie vacancy rate and ranked 3rd in the nation with a total of 3,512.

An interesting fact noted by Daren Blomquist of RealtyTrac is the HIGH NUMBER of Vacant Homes that ARE NOT in Financial Distress but ARE owned Free & Clear. A possible explanation may be that HomeOwners are simply unable to maintain or upgrade even in the Economic Recovery, and the properties MAY BE run down, located in poor neighborhoods. This adds another facet to the Real Estate Market.

The average market value of an Owner-Vacated Zombie Foreclosure was nearly $196,000 in the second quarter, almost 22% below the average market value of an Owner-Occupied Foreclosure at $251,000! The Top Five Zombie-Held Lenders in the nation are Wells Fargo, Bank of America, US Bank, JP Morgan Chase, and NationStar Mortgage.

WD-40Inventory has been tight for a while making it a Seller's Market. Add to the mix the Buyers' desire to purchase with Cash, and you have a swift moving battle for the Buy! The benchmark for a Balanced Market of single family homes is generally set at a 6 Month Supply: Sarasota is currently at 3.2 months, Manatee is 3.5 months.                                                                                                                                      <squeak squeak>

Business has been robust: 2,145 closings on EXISTING single family homes and condos, not new construction, in August which was ahead of 2014 by 101.

Nationwide, over 500,000 foreclosures have been completed in the last 12 months ending in August 2015. In Florida, Lenders completed just over 94,000 Foreclosure Actions in the same period, the most in the nation and giving it the THIRD HIGHEST RANKING in the nation! Foreclosure rates are high in SouthWest Florida so expect to see even more properties come to market as they are prepped for sale.

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