Foreclosures Still High in Maryland

California-based Realtytrac, says that Maryland had the nation’s third-highest foreclosure rate in August pushing the number of bank owned properties to the highest level.

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This increase could hold down prices longer or at least reduce the rate of price increases for the next year or two as these properties go for sale. It is a two part problem: First, the homes are usually bad for neighborhoods while they sit empty sometimes for years. Secondly, whenever they go on sale, it is for significantly less than the market-rate of other homes in the area.

It remains to be seen how quickly the market can process these homes and allow neighborhoods to recover.