Troubles on the Home Front

More bad news for New York City area homeowners: Foreclosures are up, prices are down, and sales are slow, according to a report released by First American CoreLogic. In New York City and several surrounding counties in northern New Jersey and southern New York the rate of foreclosure on outstanding mortgage loans was 1.81 percent in July 2008, up 0.77 percentage points from July 2007’s rate of 1.05 percent.

Home prices in the area are also down; according to the report, prices fell 7.68 percent from July 2007 to July 2008. The decrease in home prices may have something to do with a significant decrease in home buyers and slower demand, as home sales in July 2008 were dramatically lower than the same period last year.  read more »

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