Monday, November 03, 2008

Rochester Foreclosures

Last week I showed two properties back-to-back that were listed as potential short sales (the bank agreeing to taking less than owed, i.e., shortage) but when I arrived both had bright "Winterized" caution stickers and duct-taped toilets that indicate foreclosure. So I was surprised when I got an e-mail stating that in the state of New York, foreclosures are down 10 percent in the third quarter that just ended September 30th.

So how does Rochester stack up with the rest of the country in foreclosures. I found a cool map on the internet that paints a pretty vivid photo: Foreclosure Map According to this map, New York state is in the orange, or a foreclosure rate of 1 in 1,200 homes. That's not too horribly bad compared to states like California, Nevada, Missouri and Florida with rates of 1 in 150! Unfortunately, Monroe County doesn't fair as well as the state. Currently, 1 in 600 homes are in some state of foreclosure with some of the large pockets in Rochester's 18th and 19th Wards with rates at the 1 in 150.

The bottom line is we have a serious situation with foreclosures. In fact, the state of New York has enacted a law that requires lenders to wait 90 days before starting foreclosure proceedings.
There are organizations that can help if you are facing a possible foreclosure. The most important advice is talk to your Bank! Avoiding the situation will only make matters worse. Do not just desert your property. If you remain there and maintain it, the bank is more likely to work with you. And call for help. The Housing Council provides FREE foreclosure prevention counseling simply by calling 585-546-3700 Ext. 3015.
And if you are interested in purchasing foreclosures, take a peek at my post from last December: Buying Foreclosures Yes, there are some good deals out there but you need to keep a few precautions in mind when shopping for foreclosures.
I'm a optimist by nature. We are in a difficult economic climate right now but it is temporary. Soon real estate will be fun again.
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