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UK property repossessions increase

UK Property Repossessions are forecast to increase 22% in 2012

UK Property Repossessions are forecast to increase 22% in 2012

Economists expect the recession and rising unemployment to squeeze the already stretched household finances of thousands of struggling families this year and are warning UK homeowners and landlords of a sharp rise in residential property repossessions.

Record low Bank of England (BoE) interest rates and lower than expected unemployment figures kept property repossessions to relatively small numbers through the worst days of the first half of the recession and they eased again as the country struggled into a tepid recovery.

However, with a double dip recession inevitably looming, workers incomes failing to cover spiralling household costs, the Government’s economic cutbacks and welfare reforms starting to bite whilst the beleaguered private sector fails to replace jobs lost in the public sector, economists are fearing the worst.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) had already forecast a 22% rise in UK property repossessions for 2012 increasing the annual property repossession figures to around 45,000.

The property repossession figures include private residential properties where mortgage payments have lapsed and Buy-To-Let properties where landlords did not have <a title=”Landlord Insurance” href=”” target=”_blank”>Rent Guarantee Insurance</a> and have been unable to keep up with their buy-to-let mortgage repayments due to their tenants not paying the rent.

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The volume of scheduled foreclosure auctions reached a nine-month high last month, suggesting that in early 2012 more homes in USA will be seized by banks or offered as short sales, in which lenders agree to accept less than the balance of a mortgage.

Although highly unfortunate for the victims, the distressed nature of the foreclosure property market in the USA presents purchasers with a unique opportunity to buy bargain priced properties in USA.

James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac said: “The first quarter typically is a better buying season, so you’ll see more of this inventory try to come to market.

“I expect 2012 to look similar to 2011 in volume if nothing changes with government intervention or regulations.”

Fresh figures provided by RealtyTrac, which publishes the largest database of foreclosure, auction and bank-owned homes, shows that a total of 224,394 properties received notices of default, auction or repossession last month.

RealtyTrac estimate that the U.S. housing market must digest over 14m distressed homes before the foreclosure crisis will improve. This includes around 1.5m homes in the foreclosure process, 3.5m with delinquent mortgages and at least 10m “underwater” properties.

Nevada led the nation with the highest foreclosure rate for the 59th straight month even as foreclosure notices fell 43% year-on-year, according to RealtyTrac.

California had the second-highest foreclosure rate, with one in 211 homes receiving a filing in November.


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US Foreclosure filings fell in July, hitting their lowest level since November 2007.

Processing delays and foreclosure prevention measures have enabled a larger number of delinquent borrowers to remain in their homes.

Foreclosures were down 4% compared to June and were 35% lower than July 2010, marking the tenth straight month of year-over-year declines, according to Realtytrac, a leading online marketer of foreclosed properties.

Realtytrac reported that 212,764 U.S. homes received some kind of foreclosure filing; notice of default, notice of auction sale or completed foreclosure, during the month.

Bank repossessions totaled 67,829, down 33.6% from the peak month of September in 2010 when banks took back 102,134 homes, and off 27% from 12 months earlier.

US Housing markets have struggled through another tough quarter which encompassed the spring, the strongest time of year for home sellers.

Prices of existing homes fell 2.8% in the three months prior to June 30 2011, compared with the same period in 2010, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors.

Last week America’s central bank pledged to peg interest rates at their ultra-low level for a further two years.

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