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Foreclosures Numbers at Lowest Since 2007
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:35 AM

For the first time in nine years, fewer properties are in foreclosure than before the housing crisis. The number of foreclosed properties fell by 24,000 in March. The total number of properties in foreclosure is now at 631,000, the lowest since 2007. However, all of the news is not positive. New home sales fell in March for the third straight month. 

In a Yahoo Finance story, the number of consumers who are doing better economically and lower unemployment are helping homeowners stay up on their payments causing fewer foreclosures. In some areas of the country, the recovery has been so good that home prices are improving. Yahoo finds that in locations where the prices have rebounded well, some first-time home buyers are having trouble finding affordable homes. 

Major banks are beginning to lay off staff because the back log of foreclosures is easing. Wells Fargo recently let 250 employees go. Most of these positions deal with delinquencies. Analysts are happy with the recovery but note that the last time the market was "normal" was in the 90s. 

New home sales were off in March; which is the third straight month of declines. This is not good news for sellers and realtors heading into the time of year that is usually their busiest.