Foreclosures and Short Sales Decline in South Florida

March 31, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Distressed home sales have accounted for a smaller portion of the market across South Florida in 2013. Palm Beach County posted 3,598 transactions involving a short sale or foreclosure last year, representing 23 percent of all single-family home sales, according to data from the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.

Distressed home sales have been slowly shrinking over the past three years. In the condominium sector, 20 percent of sales involved a troubled mortgage in 2013, compared with 24 percent in 2012. Rising home prices have turned South Florida back into a seller’s market. Short sales and foreclosures are now selling for the list price and above.

With less distress in the market, thousands of underwater homeowners are now beginning to have equity. Federal lawmakers have even allowed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act to expire this year, meaning the amount of debt forgiven in the short sale or primary residence is considered income and taxable.

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