Foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac says pre-foreclosure sales in California between April and June jumped 38% from the previous three-months…and 9% from the same period last year.
"There seems to be a shift going on in California toward short sales as opposed to bank-owned sales."
RealtyTrac's Daren Blomquist says banks appear to be streamlining the short sale process.
He says the shift is a positive sign because short sales - which happen when the home is still in default and not fully bank-owned - help distressed homeowners.
"They are able to avoid having the foreclosure on their credit history. And then you're getting a new buyer right away on that house, if the lender waited and foreclosed on that house that house would probably be sitting vacant."
All foreclosure-related sales in California between April and June increased 12% from the previous three-months.