According to the sales numbers furnished by the El Dorado County Association of Realtors, county homes sales increased 14 percent during 2011 over 2010 ending the year with 2,400 homes closing escrow.
REOs accounted for one third of all sales while short sales made up another 25 percent. The percentage of shorts and REO sales will increase during the coming year. Some lenders have finally developed more streamlined procedures for handling short sale requests. Perhaps the delayed backlog of foreclosures is working its way through the pipeline?
The number of homes available for sale is declining. By the end of the year there were 770 active residential listings (excluding active short sales with accepted offers called “active contingent.”) Based upon our current number of sales, averaging 220 a month for the last six months, that’s a three and a half month’s supply of homes on the market. During 2010 the county had a six months supply.
Source: Ken Calhoon, Real Estate Broker, Placerville, California