Distressed sales drop to nine-year low in 2016

ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released its Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report, which shows 16.2 percent of single family home and condo sales in 2016 were distressed sales — bank-owned sales, short sales or foreclosure auctions sold to third-party buyers — down from 18.8 percent of all sales in 2015 to the lowest level since 2007, a nine-year low.

Among 193 metropolitan statistical areas with a population of 200,000 or more and at least 100 distressed sales in 2016, those with the highest share of total distressed sales were Atlantic City, New Jersey (43.8 percent); Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland-West Virginia (33.2 percent); Rockford, Illinois (29.2 percent); Montgomery, Alabama (29.2 percent); and Baltimore, Maryland (28.0 percent).

Bank-owned (REO) sales accounted for 8.0 percent of all sales in 2016, down from 10.0 percent in 2015 to the lowest level since 2006 — a 10-year low.

Short sales — homes

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