REO Sales May Not Peak Until 2013

In 2013, REO sales could reach 1.48 million properties.

Palm Coast, FL – October 18, 2011

The sale of properties repossessed through foreclosure may not peak until 2013, keeping home prices from a meaningful recovery for some time, analysts estimated Monday.
Nearly half of the more than 552,000 REO properties liquidated in the first half of 2011 were held by private banks. In the years ahead, the government — including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — will begin taking a majority of the activity.
In 2013, REO sales could reach 1.48 million properties, according to estimates from Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts, a 10% increase from projected amount in 2012.
Read more >>>> HousingWire [Oct. 17]

Toby’s Commentary: REO is an abreviation for Real Estate Owned, which is the way foreclosed properties are notated on balance sheets.
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