Foreclosures to Continue a 'Slow, Steady Burn'

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The housing market faces several more years with 800,000 to 1 million new foreclosed properties per year, according to Rick Sharga, an executive vice president with Carrington Mortgage Services.

Sharga recently left RealtyTrac, where he helped build a network that tracked foreclosure filings across the country. Recently, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimated REO sales would peak until 2013 when nearly 1.5 million properties would be sold.

According to RealtyTrac, there have been 8.9 million homes lost to foreclosure since 2007, the height of the credit crisis.

Sharga said based on lender behavior, he doesn't see a spike happening, rather a slow, steady burn in order to spare home prices from further reductions. Today, roughly 4 million homes sell per year. If 1.5 million REO sold, that would be almost 40 percent of the market, which would be double the current market share of these properties.

Read the full story at HousingWire.

Also see:
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Houston Family Foreclosed On Through No Fault of Their Own

'Mortgage Prof': 5 Reasons Banks Would Rather Foreclose


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