WILL THE NEW LEGISLATION PUT A FREEZE ON FORECLOSURES?
We have all heard the doom and gloom being espoused about AB284. The legislation in general terms increases the responsibilities of the foreclosing entities. It asks them to provide a sworn affidavit and other elements with the intention of preventing incorrect and illegal foreclosures. The banks pushed back hard against this bill, but to no avail.
They have since been resistant and perhaps even defiant in wanting to proceed with foreclosures. That is the concern. Will the banks allow these additional requirements to impede their ability to get homes to market? While they may not be pleased with the process and it will cost them more time and money, I think they will get their procedures in order and eventually we will see the market stay on its course.
That means that while we are in the holiday season and approaching a new year, the number of foreclosures will remain low, but they will pick up in the first or second quarter of next year and the inventory will continue to remain at the levels we have seen in the last 30 months.
The impact on homeowners desiring desire to short sale their homes is still unclear, but the banks have all concluded that short sales are far more favorable than Foreclosure and this legislation will certainly not change that opinion.
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