10 Best Cities to Find Short Sales

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Short sale signDon't worry, the housing recovery isn't wiping out the discounts on homes that were prevalent at the height if the housing decline. Short sales and foreclosures are still aplenty in many housing markets around the country. And the savings are steep.

Short sales went for an average of 23 percent below market rate in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac. But there were plenty of markets where the discounts stretched further than that. "Short sales are on the rise as a better alternative to foreclosure in many areas -- good news for buyers and investors in markets where short sales are closing more quickly at solid discounts," said RealtyTrac vice president Daren Blomquist. "But buying from the bank may still be a better option in other markets because of increasing REO inventory, deeper discounts and shorter times to close."

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 46%
Average sales price: $192,098
Average amount short: $65,248
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 238

Find homes for sale in Virginia Beach, Va., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 51%
Average sales price: $133,999
Average amount short: $63,864
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 198

Find homes for sale in Des Moines, Iowa, or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 58%
Average sales price: $184,700
Average amount short: $132,836
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 235

Find homes for sale in Sacramento, Calif., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 63%
Average sales price: $124,555
Average amount short: $140,811
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 358

Find homes for sale in Las Vegas, or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 68%
Average sales price: $115,107
Average amount short: $87,269
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 235

Find homes for sale in Bakersfield, Calif., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 77%
Average sales price: $192,432
Average amount short: $177,748
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 235

Find homes for sale in Fairfield, Calif., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 81%
Average sales price: $91,145
Average amount short: $53,158
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 191

Find homes for sale in Grand Rapids, Mich., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 97%
Average sales price: $145,313
Average amount short: $89,140
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 235

Find homes for sale in Fresno, Calif., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 106%
Average sales price: $126,496
Average amount short: $71,102
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 235

Find homes for sale in Visalia, Calif., or search listings in your area.

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Q4 2012 annual percent change in short sales: 107%
Average sales price: $283,825
Average amount short: $178,201
Average Days to Sell from Foreclosure Start: 235

Find homes for sale in Santa Barbara, Calif., or search listings in your area.

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