Affordable Foreclosures

A key reason why new home activity has fallen off sharply is because new homes are now about 30% more expensive than existing ones; double the typical margin. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 40% of all sales in February ’11 compared to just 25% in ’10. Moreover, some builders in hard hit spots continue to unload homes for less than what they cost to build exacerbating this problem.

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