Real Estate Trends in Winchester, VA - November 10, 2012

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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The Winchester, VA real estate market is through the first third of November.  As of the 10Th of TrendsNovember, the local Winchester / Frederick County market has 478 properties available.  Eight percent of those properties were added in the first ten days of November.  Of the 34 properties added since November 1st, 33% are distressed properties, with the majority (9) being REOs.

The current market is continuing it's overall trend of 17.3% distressed properties.  Short sales make up 47 current listings, while foreclosures (REOs) make up 37 properties.  These types of sales have changed places since the beginning of the 2012.  Short sales are taking a more prominent place in the local distressed market. 

The rise of REOs during the first ten days of November is a trend to be monitored closely.  Does it signal a return to the previous wave of foreclosures in the area, or is it simply an anomaly in the market.  Time will tell.  Which ever way it goes, strategies are likely in need of adjustment for buyers and sellers. 

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Mike Cooper
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Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

Wallace, I had the hardest time trying to convince a seller that the REOs in the immediate area were impacting the price of his property.  He was convinced that we could somehow explain it away to potential buyers.  Sorry, it is what it is. 

Thanks, Dorie.  Ironically, 17.3% distressed properities is a big change from Jan 1, 2012.  I'm thrilled, but I'm still looking for better days.  Thanks for the kudos on the photo.  I'm not always in jeans, but most of the time.  8-)

November 10, 2012 05:05 PM
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Andrea Bedard
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
Thompson Company Realtors

Hi Mike, it appears that we've seen less REOs and more Short Sales in general. I hope the number of new REO listings in Winchester is an anomaly... more short sales than REOs likely indicates that sellers don't wait till the last minute to attempt a short sale and lenders are more willing to work one out.

November 10, 2012 06:37 PM
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Mike Cooper
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Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

I do hope that's a blimp on the horizon, Andrea, but I've been predicting a new wave of REOs locally because of the high volume of BPOs that are offered to me each week.  The last time this happened, our distressed inventory ran up to 42%.  I probably turn down 60-80 BPOs a month, and yet, we still end up doing 20-30 a month.   We get a lot of condition reports offered, which make up the refi market.  So, it's an intersting set of circumstances forming.  It does give me an insight into the REO market before it happens.  That's good for my investor clients. 

November 10, 2012 08:15 PM
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Conrad Allen
Webster, Ma, Realtor
Re/Max Professional Asociates

Hi Mike.  Short sales becoming more prominent is not great news.

November 11, 2012 03:29 AM
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Mike Cooper
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

No it's not, Conrad.  Both types of distressed listing were declining.   I hope this early November uptick is an anomaly.

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