Foreclosures keep pushing house prices lower

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Foreclosures keep pushing house prices lower

The ongoing wave of foreclosures continues to drag home prices lower.
Foreclosure-related properties, which made up roughly one in five home sales in the third quarter of  last year, sold for an average 34 percent less than homes that were not  “distressed sales,” according to the latest data from RealtyTrac, a housing data research firm.
Foreclosures accounted for a smaller share of total sales as banks already glutted with properties slowed the pace of new seizures until they could unload the houses they already owned. The share of distressed sales also slowed last year following a slowdown in new foreclosures after consumer complaints and lawsuits challenging seizures that resulted from “robo-signing” and other questionable document practices.
 
 

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