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2010 Snapshot – Arroyo Grande Foreclosure Market

Arroyo Grande, California foreclosure activity: There are 233 active and pending homes and condos in the city of Arroyo Grande. Of those 233 properties, 28 homes are foreclosures (12%) and 45 are short sales (19.3%). Looking back six months, there have been 153 sales in Arroyo Grande with an average listing price of $559, 854 and an average selling price of $534,838, so sellers are getting about 95.5% of their asking prices in Arroyo Grande indicating that there is some bargaining room for buyers in the Arroyo Grande market.
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Buying Central Coast REOs (Foreclosures) & Market Trends

Appraisal Fears. It appears that banks are beginning to fear appraisals. In the last two months, twice I had banks come back and make my buyer agree that they would stick with the offered purchase price even if the home did not appraise. Frankly, I think this stinks. Buyers are forced to bid up on popular properties, and now they must risk that if the appraisal doesn't come in, they will have to walk away from the property or pay the difference out of pocket. For buyers without a large pool of cash, this in effect will keep them from buying the property.
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Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach CA Foreclosure Market Update

There is a tremendous amount of interest in buying second homes in this market. Due to the financial and housing crisis, some are taking the opportunity to buy a vacation home on the central coast. Although, we have most certainly seen significant price reductions, foreclosure activity is relatively low in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach compared to the nearby northern Santa Barbara communities of Santa Maria, Orcutt, & Lompoc.
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