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Daily Real Estate News  |  May 21, 2010  |   Fewer Buyers Consider Foreclosures
Fewer U.S. homebuyers are interested in foreclosed properties than they were a year ago, according to a survey conducted for and RealtyTrac.

About 45 percent of U.S. adults age 18 say they are at least somewhat likely to consider purchasing a foreclosed home, down from 55 percent of people surveyed in May 2009.

Most home owners – 98 percent – expect to pay less for a foreclosure, but 36 percent expect a discount of 50 percent or more. Only 18 percent say they would be satisfied with a discount of less than 25 percent.

Some 92 percent of potential buyers were realistic about the likelihood that a foreclosed property will need improvements, but 65 percent wanted to spend less than 20 percent of the purchase price on fixing the place up.

Among U.S. adults who say they are at least somewhat likely to purchase a foreclosed home, 62 percent said they would use the property for their primary residence, 19 percent said they would use it as a rental investment, 8 percent said they would use it as a second home or vacation home, and 6 percent said they would buy and quickly resell.

Source: (05/20/2010)

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