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Distressed Real Estate Sold at 20 Percent Discount in November 2012

Based on information from the November 2012 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, foreclosed property sold on average at a 20 percent discount, while short sale properties sold at a 16 percent average discount.

The discount to market experienced by distressed property is affected by the property’s physical condition. Well maintained properties tend to sell at a lower discount than is the case for properties in poor condition. The unweighted average price discounts to market are presented for the current survey month as well as the 12 month period from December 2011 through November 2012.  REALTOR® respondents reported price discounts for distressed houses with above average condition at about 13 to 15 percent, and price discounts of 34 to 38 percent for the properties in the poorest condition.

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