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Foreclosures Costly for Your Neighborhood & Community

Foreclosures Costly for Your Neighborhood & Community

You might think that a foreclosure or short sale of a home in your

neighborhood doesn’t affect you.  It is a shame for those people but what

does it have to do with you?  Plenty, it turns out, if you plan on moving

in the next few years.  According to the U.S. government’s website about

the National Mortgage Settlement with major banks, it can affect your

bottom line tremendously.


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When a house is subject to foreclosure, it creates a ripple effect

that lowers the value of nearby single-family homes and other properties.

  In 2009 the Center for Responsible Lending projected that homeowners

living near foreclosed properties, on average, would lose $7,200 in property

value, and projected a four-year increase in losses to $20,300 per household.


No one who owns a home is safe from this reversal of real estate values.

We have seen this play out in wealthy suburbia and lower priced homes, where

it hits financially vulnerable households.  Homes that were selling for $100,000

a  few years ago are now priced at $80,000 – $60,000, or considerably less. 

We have heard that investors are being offered homes grouped in tens in some

areas, that  are  priced below $10,000 each.  The effect on neighborhoods is

sobering.  In fact, it traps homeowners in homes that they can’t sell.  Their only

options are short sales or foreclosure to get out from under their mortgage on

a home that isn’t worth what they are paying for it.


Because we have been watching this train wreck in our local neighborhoods

for awhile now, we are optimistically awaiting the outcome of the National Mortgage

Settlement.  This could bring financial relief to millions of homeowners

by lowering their monthly payments.  Many Michigan households that teeter on

the edge of a financial precipice are waiting for relief……….Will they get it?

Originally published at Grand Rapids Real


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Comment balloon 1 commentTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • February 27 2012 07:04AM


Bonnie & Terry--It is so sad to have to tell homeowners that want to move, that did the right thing what their home value is when their neighbors did the wrong thing and walked away from their responsibilities. What makes it worse is if the ones that walked away damage the home prior to leaving to get back at the bank...making it a further blight to the neighborhood.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 9 years ago

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