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Distressed Homes Discount Averages 37 Percent in September

Distressed Home PricesDistressed residential properties had a median sales price of 37 percent below the median sales price of non-distressed properties nationwide in September, according to RealtyTrac's Q3 2014 Residential and Foreclosure Sales Report released Tuesday.

The median price of distressed residential homes, which are those in foreclosure or owned by banks when sold, was reported at $130,000 nationwide for September, compared to the median price of $205,000 for non-distressed homes during the month, according to RealtyTrac.

"Even as the share of distressed sales decreases, the average discount on distressed properties continues to be substantial because the primary factors driving that discount are still in place," RealtyTrac VP Daren Blomquist said. "Distressed properties are typically in poor condition and have a highly motivated seller — whether that seller is the distressed homeowner in foreclosure or the bank that has repossessed the property through foreclosure."

The major metropolitan areas where distressed homes were most heavily discounted were Pittsburgh (67 percent), Milwaukee (67 percent), Cleveland (64 percent), and Memphis (59 percent), according to RealtyTrac.

Overall, the median sales price of U.S. residential properties, both distressed and non-distressed combined, was $195,000 in September, according to RealtyTrac. This figure represented an increase of 1 percent from August and 15 percent from September 2013 – the largest year-over-year increase since October 2005. September 2014 was also the 30th consecutive month in which the median home price increased on a year-over-year basis.

"Median home prices nationally in September were boosted by a new low in the share of distressed sales during the third quarter, resulting in fewer home sales on the lower end," Blomquist said. "The share of homes selling above $200,000 is up 7 percent from a year ago, and the share of homes selling above $500,000 is up 15 percent from a year ago."

About Author: Brian Honea

Brian Honea's writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master's degree from Amberton University in Garland.
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