Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bank Closings .... Bet you didn't even know it happened.

Year to date there have been 57 banks that have closed in the US. On Friday the FDIC came in, took over and transferred assets and on Monday the new bank reopened with business as usual for 49 of the 57 banks. This is in contrast to the huge numbers of banks and savings and loans that went under in the 80’s during the savings and loan crisis.

So what happens to the REO assets of the banks that are not purchased or transferred? Most go the FDIC who assigns them to a subsidiary for management and distribution. Many of these REO or ORE portfolios are broken into smaller and/or regional packages of varying sizes to encourage more and higher bids. There is very little opportunity for the individual bidder as most of these packages are offered to a select group.

If you have a spare $10 million or so and are very well capitalized, you should be looking at websites announcing public and private sales and complete the qualifying process. Remember these are very sophisticated groups that have the knowledge and tools to fully evaluate the offerings and complete their “due diligence” before presenting their bids. For most of us, this means that there will be a waiting process until these REO assets are scrubbed and trickle down to the public. Expect 6 months to 3 years.

1 comment:

  1. As is always the case,the availability of capital controls the market. Those pivate investors or equity funds with the capital to invest will receive a premium pricing as they purchase their packaged REOs. That same principle controls the average residential market as well...as the banks make the capital available buyers will be able to buy and the market will continue to flow. Interesting to note that it is the same principle that contributed so significantly to the recent collapse of the housing market.

    Those with the capital control. And when it is made too readily available the hoi polloi are lead to the perfect setting for irrational exuberance. But is it just the common person who will overspend when given the opportunity? Recent news from the San Jose Mercury, showing single family homes with mega multiple offers would suggest that maybe it is not just the common folk who will overspend when given the opportunity.

    John Bowen
    Bowen Real Estate Group