Bad in the short-run, but a necessary market-clearing step… (see: REO & Foreclosure Investors – Scavengers or Saviors?)
One of every 10 city homes sold during the first half of the year — about 275 in all — fell in that price range. Twice as many sold for under $20,000.
Often foreclosures, these properties are usually in bad shape but seem like deals to real estate investors and the occasional hopeful owner-occupier — such as Wells.
“I don’t have to worry about trying to get a loan,” said Wells, 40, a bill-processing technician who works in Annapolis. “That was the purpose of me searching in that price range…”
… Still, both the city and suburbs have areas where sales are down sharply since the federal tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers expired last summer.
By clearing the market, these low-end/investor sales are pushing Baltimore’s minimum asking prices higher towards 2009-10 tax credit levels. Absolute sales are down, but adjusting for inventory changes, the Baltimore’s absorption rates are moving back to tax credit levels:
While the absorption rate trend for condos is sustaining higher trough values since mid-2009: