Montgomery County, Maryland Foreclosures & Short Sales Update Rev. 11/18/11

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX Realty Group

Montgomery County, Maryland Foreclosures & Short Sales Update Rev. 11/18/11

Trustee Sales- Trustee sales are auctions held at the courthouse steps and represent the final step in the foreclosure process. The sale is open to the general public but buyers should be cautious. The first trust lender will generally bid as well up to the current loan balance including legal fees making the price too high for most buyers. While there are exceptions, buyers should bid with caution.  Trustee sales are purchased site unseen and no inspections are permitted as a condition of the purchase. Financing is generally non-existent as the buyer doesn’t have access to the property to allow an appraiser access. Buyers should be prepared to purchase with cash. Failure to close as agreed could result in the buyer losing their deposit plus fees associated with reselling the property. Additionally, if the property is still occupied, the buyer could have to proceed with a formal eviction process.

The Montgomery County Distressed Market

Of the 3077 homes currently available for sale in Montgomery County, 90(2.9%) are REO or foreclosures while 565(18.4%) are potential short sales.  The number of foreclosures available remains low and in response, lenders are receiving multiple offers on many and selling them for above list price. Short sales continue to be an active segment for buyers looking potential deals, especially for those who can allow the lender(s) sufficient time to complete the process.


There are 47 lender owned foreclosures (REO) for sale at or BELOW $250,000.  Click on the listing number to see the full property description. Sort by column headers.

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There are 43 lender owned foreclosures (REO) for sale at or ABOVE $250,000.

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Short Sale Pre-foreclosures:

There are 260 short sale listings at and below $250,000.

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In the price range at and above $250,000, there are 305 short sale pre-foreclosures on the market.

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Home buyers need to be very selective when submitting offers on short sale listings to avoid the disappointment of a canceled sale after much time has past.

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Your Real Estate Professional,

Craig Rosenfeld

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