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Purchase of foreclosed property can affect local values

The purchase of short sales and as well as foreclosed property has continued to have an impact on Charleston real estate transactions. However, the news seems to be gradually improving. According to a recent report from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, August was found to be the busiest month this year, with 904 homes selling at a median price of $185,000. While the median price was about 7 percent higher a year ago, 33 percent more sales closed this August than last. In making sense of the figures, it was noted that purchase of foreclosed property and short sales have and will affect pricing until those homes are cleared from the inventory.

Observers have pointed to a number of factors currently affecting the local real estate market. The job market and return of consumer confidence are seen as the key elements necessary to a recovery. Also, location pricing has varied depending on location.

For instance, Dorchester County has seen some improvement and overall pricing stability since May, while a year ago prices were declining. A year ago Berkeley and Charleston counties were showing gains of 8 to 10 percent, though they are currently experiencing a pricing correction.

Overall, the general trend is upwards, while still at a gradual pace. The fact remains there are yet a supply of properties offering opportunities for short sales and purchase of foreclosed property. The legal issues raised in these types of transactions are unique and require careful planning and consideration. A Charleston attorney experienced in handling all types of real estate transactions who is also familiar with the local market may offer support as well as help devise a strategy to achieve a successful result.

Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal, "Charleston real estate market sees most active month of year," Sept. 13, 2011

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