It wasn’t too long ago that most buyers had heard all of the horror stories involved with short sales and wouldn’t go near them. In many conversations I explained to buyers that if they were looking for a “deal” a short sale was definitely the way to go. Unfortunately that just doesn’t seem to be the case any longer as short sale inventory is way down and anything initially priced below market value is quickly in escrow with multiple offers and most seem to be selling at numbers much closer to market value. According to Keith Kyle, a South Bay short sale specialist, “it’s a combination of lower inventory and a much more streamlined short sale process in which most short sales are going through. No longer are buyers overly cautious about potential short sales taking 6 months or more like they had in the past.”
While short sale may not be the bargain they once were, they still are the likeliest source of well priced homes if and when you can find them. For a current list of foreclosures visit either our Redondo Beach foreclosures site, or our South Bay foreclosures and short sales listings.
The above chart shows the “for sale” distressed homes in light green, sold homes in teal, and pending sales in red.