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 We could use some good old-fashioned market clearing – maybe this is a start?

JimG brought it up, and our friend Effective Demand has charted the increase in Bank of America foreclosure activity for Southern California – recently their number of auctions has spiked:

More auctions, more short sales, more REOs, let’s GO! 

Freddie Mac also announced today:

McLean, VA – Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) and New Vista today announced plans to auction hundreds of HomeSteps® REO homes to individual homebuyers in Las Vegas on April 24, 2010 and in California’s Inland Empire on April 25, 2010 in support of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and to help more first time homebuyers and owner occupants purchase these homes. HomeSteps is the real estate sales unit of Freddie Mac and markets a nationwide selection of Freddie Mac-owned homes.

Under the 2009 Neighborhood Stabilization Program, homebuyers are eligible for closing costs and down payment assistance when they buy foreclosed or abandoned homes in designated communities that were hit hard by the housing downturn. This federal assistance combined with the federal tax credit will provide the buyer with significant financial advantage in purchasing HomeSteps homes.

“Freddie Mac’s first-time homebuyer auctions in Las Vegas and in California’s Inland Empire builds on our long-standing effort to use our REO inventory to foster new opportunities for new homeowners and shows another way Freddie Mac is working to achieve the Obama Administration’s goals of stabilizing and reviving impacted communities,” said Ingrid Beckles, Senior Vice President, Default Asset Management at Freddie Mac.

“Together with today’s low mortgage rates, these April auctions will enable Las Vegas and Inland Empire families to take advantage of the unique convergence of opportunities that make HomeSteps homes exceptionally attractive values,” said Chris Bowden, vice president of HomeSteps. “Working with New Vista underscores Freddie Mac’s commitment to manage its REO inventory in a way that helps stabilize communities, fosters homeownership opportunities, and responsibly safeguards tax dollars.”

“Owner-occupants are the key to revitalizing and strengthening neighborhoods that have been hard hit by the economy,” said Jim Park, CEO of New Vista. “Working with Freddie Mac, New Vista has created a one day homebuyer event that gives first time and owner occupant buyers an exclusive opportunity to purchase HomeSteps homes. These unique events will help turn hundreds of foreclosed properties into homes for many deserving families.”

New Vista will hold open houses on April 10 and April 17 – 18 in Las Vegas and the Inland Empire so interested buyers can tour the HomeSteps homes before the April 24 and 25 auctions. Potential buyers can also find property descriptions at auction.com/.

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