CoreLogic: One Way Massachusetts’ Market is Better Than the Rest

by Alonzo Turner

Compiling data from CoreLogic, we review nearly a decade of distressed sales data


CoreLogic released its distressed sales report for the month of March this week, and what the group revealed was nothing short of expected: REO and short sales are still in decline.

Falling 3.2 percent year-over-year, distressed sales accounted for 12.1 percent of total home sales nationally in March, which marks the lowest share of distressed sales for any March since 2007.

Drilling the figures down into their specific sub-parts, it appears REO sales remained a more significant market factor than short sales, making up 8.4 percent of total home sales, while short sales made up only 3.7 percent. Researchers remarked on the considerable decline in REO sales since Jan. 2009, when they were at their peak, saying that “the ongoing shift away from REO sales is a driver of improving home prices since bank-owned properties typically sell at a larger discount than short sales.”

In Massachusetts, the prominence of distressed sales has waned significantly, as their share now amounts to only 6.8 percent of total sales, with REO sales (6.4 percent) remaining a more considerable factor than short sales (0.4 percent), which have all but vanished. Looking at the below graph, it is apparent the city has made great strides since Jan. 2009, when levels broke the 30 percent range. But considering pre-crisis levels in the city typically lingered around 2.0 percent, Boston still has room for improvement.

Distressed Share Sales Boston-01


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