Denham Springs Homes Appraisers: Area Foreclosures Are A Concern

Foreclosures In Denham Springs Watson Walker Are Somewhat Of A Concern Since Western Livingston Parish Is Primarily A Lower Priced Housing Market, See Chart Below!

denham-springs-foreclosureWestern Livingston Parish has experienced a high “272” foreclosures with the most by far occuring in the $100K to $149K range, which is some reason for concern as the predominant price range of home sales are in the $140,000 to $170,000 range.

This is a series of Five (5) total articles with accompanying videos posted to “Foreclosure Studies” category. Article One covered entire Greater Baton Rouge Foreclosure Housing Market Trends. Article Two covered East Baton Rouge Foreclosure Housing Market Trends. This is article Three covering Ascension Parish Foreclosure Housing Market Trends. This is article Four covering Western Livingston Parish Foreclosure Housing Market Trends. The last article the Parishes within GBR market and are found within this drop down category on the right side of site.

NOTE: REO is real estate owned or foreclosure. GBR is Greater Baton Rouge and includes EBR, WLIV, ASC and WBR. EBR is East Baton Rouge Parish. ASC is Ascension Parish. WLIV is Western Livingston Parish areas 81,82,83. WBR is West Baton Rouge Parish. See detailed GBRMLS parameters at bottom, which are generally from 06/01/2010 to 11/05/2011, All residential properties.

Preface….We’re In a $170,000+/- housing market and 74% of Foreclosures Are Under $150,000! Various online sources tell us that median sales price in Baton Rouge is $172,750 ( states average listing price as $163,000. Altos Research reports median sales price of $169,035, see their chart below, and chart showing sharp, very obvious and undeniable correction still taking place. GBRMLS reports the average 2011 sales price for ALL homes in EBR, LIV, ASC and OTHER as $192,504 YTD, down from $196,428 for 2010 or -2%. Point is that majority of local housing activity takes place in $172,500 to $192,500 price ranges and that 74% of REO or Foreclosure activity of under $150,000 isn’t absolutely a problem for the majority of market! That’s Right! Currently, 74% of current foreclosure listings inventory is priced below $150,000. And, REO Solds percentages for EBR, ASC, LIV and WBR have been 81%, 57%, 82% and 75% respectively priced under $150,000.

East Baton Rouge Parish, experiencing the most local REO problems with 498 REO home sales under $100K, illustrates how lopsided the results. In EBRP, 61% of the 821 REO Sales here under $100K and concentrated in neighborhoods not necessarily where the majority of EBR residents live. This chart below shows of all current GBRMLS listings, only 9% are REOs and that of that 9%, 38% of those are pending leaving 62% still active. So, out of 4,928 local listings, only 292 are available as REOs.



REO LISTINGS ONLY TOTAL 9% OF GBR LISTING INVENTORY. REO Listings only make up 8% of total listings and 38% of them are pending. Of the total 4,928 total listings, 473 or 9% are REO listings. Of those 473 listings, 181 are pending or 38%, which is good news. Only 62% of REO Listings inventory is available and not pending.

HOW MANY FORECLOSURES SOLD? REO Solds for ALL 4 Parishes total 1320 or 16% of ALL Sales. EBR had 821, ASC 200, WLIV 272 and WBR 27 REO Sales. Yes, while EBR does have the larger percentage of sales, it’s also a vastly larger market than surrounding Parishes.



WLIV REO LISTINGS TOTAL 9% OF WLIV LISTING INVENTORY. REO Listings only make up 9% of total listings and 26% of them are pending or under contract or purchase.




The significance is that whether a local Home Appraiser is appraising or Real Estate Agent is marketing a home in Western Livingston Parish (Denham Springs, Watson, Walker) in Glenwood, Acadiana Place or Woodland Crossing, the GBR REO situation generally does apply to those markets according to chart above. In fact, the chart above shows that the vast majority of homes sold were in the $130,000 to $140,000 range, well below the GBR Area average. The chart above shows that the majority of all home sales take place in the $110,000 to $170,000 range.

CHARTS BELOW. These Charts below illustrate that the majority of WLIV foreclosure sales have taken place under $150,000.

Western Livingston Parish Sold Foreclosures Chart Shows 82% of REO Solds Were Under $150,000.



Western Livingston Parish Foreclosure Pending Listings As Percent Of Total Listings Is 26%



Western Livingston Parish Sold Foreclosures Chart Shows 17% of All Solds Were REOs.



Western Livingston Parish Foreclosure Listings As Percent Of Total Listings Is 9%.



NOTE: Based on information from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS®\MLS for the period of June 1, 2010 to November 5, 2011. This information was extracted on 11/05/2011.

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