Foreclosure sign, Fannie Mae, Homepath.com

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now own about 25% of all foreclosures in the United States. It is being reported their maintenance and and carrying costs are now over $2 billion (aka $2,000,000,000.00) annually!

"Fannie and Freddie, which buy mortgages from lenders and package them into securities to sell to investors, own or guarantee half of all U.S. mortgages. Together, they have more than twice as many foreclosed homes now as they did this time last year, with a combined value of $24 billion."

With so many homes in their foreclosure inventory to maintain, the costs buildup fast. Fannie Mae, for example, pays up to $400 for an initial cleaning of a foreclosed property and up to $125 to have the grass cut two times month. Frequently the homes have so much "trash" left behind from the previous owner, there are additional costs during the initial cleaning. Another cost included with almost all foreclosures is a locksmith to re-key the property.

Freddie Mac currently has 82% more homes in their inventory than last year and the numbers seem to be on the rise with many foreclosure companies. So more than likely Freddie and Fannie's holding costs will continue to increase for some time.

Currently we are seeing more than half our foreclosure inventory in the Pitt County area being put "on hold and unable to market status" until officials have investigated whether the foreclosure documents were properly executed.  This recent development is entering the second month, causing increasing losses from this inventory that is not selling. Mean while costs are adding up as all of these "on hold" homes still have utilities turned on and require normal maintenance.

"The longer foreclosed homes stay on their books, the larger taxpayers' expenses will be. "Taxpayers are covering their losses. We are the ultimate deep pocket," says Lawrence White, a New York University economics professor."

 

For more information about current real estate topics including foreclosures or for assistance searching for real estate located in the Pitt County/Greenville, NC area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Resources: usatoday.com and realtor.org