Santa Clara County Foreclosure Update 2013

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales B.R.E. 01191194

San Jose foreclosure

If you are looking for a bank owned home in Santa Clara County don't hold your breath. The number of foreclosures in Santa Clara County have plummeted in 2013. Here are the numbers:

Bank Owned Single Family Homes:

Active listings: 13

Pending sales: 18

Closed Escrow in 2013  163

Total single family homes in Santa Clara County

Active listings: 1215

Pending Sales: 1665

Closed escrows in 2012:  4982

 The percentage of single family homes that are foreclosures are:

Active listings: 1 Percent

Pending Sales: 1 Percent

Closed Sales: 3 Percent


Bank Owned Condos/Townhomes

Active listings: 10

Pending sales: 16

Closed sales in 2013: 2026


Total Townhome Sales in 2013

Active listings: 384

Pending Sales: 673

Closed Sales 2013


Percentage of townhomes that are foreclosures

Active listings 2.6%

Pending sales: 2.4%

Closed sales in 2013: 3.3%


Total Sold Foreclosures in 2013: 231

Total Sold foreclosures in the last 6 months of 2012: 579

What do these numbers tell us? Foreclosures are down, by a lot. There are less than half the number of bank owned homes sold in the first six months of 2013 compared to the second six months of 2012. Additionally there are fewer active and pending listings by percentage compared to closed sales in 2013. This leads me to believe there will be even fewer closed sales in the second half of 2013.

There are many reasons for the decreased in foreclosures in 2013. Many of the large banks had settlements with the governent in which they agreed to work on loan modifications and principal reductions instead of foreclosures. Also short sales have been getting approved a lot more than previously rather than being foreclosed.

There is chatter in the foreclosure world that now that the banks have fulfilled their obligations they will begin foreclosing again. While this may be true in some markets, I do not believe it will happen in Santa Clara County. Prices have increased dramatically in Santa Clara County. In many cities we are back to values seen at the peak in early 2008. With these higher values owners can sell if they can not afford the payments, or take advantage of the historically low interest rates and refinance.

So if you are looking for a bargain in Santa Clara County it is probably a good idea to look for homes other than foreclosures. It is unlikely this decrease in bank owned homes in Santa Clara County is going to change in the near future.

If you have any questions about foreclosures or any other type of sale in Santa Clara County please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty

D.R.E. 01191194




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Marcy Moyer eXp Realty of California  Specializing in Probate and Trust Sales, and Rental Investment Properties


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