Foreclosure Rate Slows from 2011 in Steamboat Springs and Routt County

Foreclosures in  Steamboat Springs and Routt County are newsworthy in the Steamboat Today newspaper online and the article bears reprinting in its entirety.  I believe that most would agree the news is good and we seem to be moving in the right direction.

Enjoy the article written by Tom Ross from todays Steamboat Today.

Anne Mayberry                     970.846.1425

Steamboat Springs — In spite of a burst of activity in July, the pace at which foreclosure notices are being filed in Routt County suggests the final 2012 total will be well below the 306 filed in 2011.

Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon said Routt County is on track to see about 250 of the foreclosure filings called notices of election and demand. They do not signify that someone has lost their property, instead they signify that the holder of the note has begun the process. Many NED’s are cured or withdrawn before the property goes to a bank sale.

Whiddon said that the pace of new NED’s continued at about 20 per month through the first six months of 2012 and uncharacteristically bloomed to 37 in July.

“July was an aberration,” Whiddon said. “It really was wild. Then it seemed to settle down, and August has been more in keeping with the first six months.”

Year to date, there have been 166 NED’s filed, Whiddon said. Of those, 32 have been withdrawn and the files on two more reflect that the note holder intends to withdraw the notice of election and demand.

Research by Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Company, suggests that the local real estate market is absorbing a good portion of bank-owned properties.

Relying on documents on file at the Routt County Courthouse, he determined that 17 sales of bank owned properties took place in July, with the lowest priced home selling for $56,000 and the most expensive for $1.01 million. Looked at in another way, that million-dollar home on Montview Lane sold for less than $200 per square foot.

June saw 30 sales of bank-owned homes, but that figure was inflated by the auction of luxury condominiums at Trailhead Lodge, just removed from the base of the ski area. Of the 30 sales in June, 26 were for homes in multifamily projects.

May saw the sale of 11 foreclosed properties.

Whiddon pointed out that although the trend on new foreclosure filings seems to be improving this year, if the number fell to 250, it still would be a large number compared to the historical average. Routt County saw about 50 NED’s filed annually during the 10 years before the national housing bubble burst.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            970-871-4205     end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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