Written by: Michael Dujovne, Esq. | July 20, 2016
Answer: There will be fewer foreclosures and the properties sold at foreclosure sales will be worth more. There will be fewer foreclosures because borrowers will do what they can to preserve properties if they have equity in the properties or if they are not unreasonably “upside down.” When properties appreciate, this shrinks the deficiency (the difference between the value of the property and what is owed on the mortgage loan). A borrower can pay off a mortgage at any time prior to the foreclosure sale, and more borrowers will have incentive to do so. At foreclosure sales, investors will be able to realistically bid on more properties. Investors do not bid on properties when mortgage lenders are owed more than the properties are worth. Investors will only bid on properties that have equity or can be expected to appreciate to the point that they will have equity. For many years, most properties sold at foreclosure sales lacked equity. The improving real estate market will make more properties at foreclosure sales attractive for investors.
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