REO at 2004 Rollback Prices

815 E. Longden Ave.


Asking Price $574,000 ::: Sq-ft 1,823
Purchased Price $575,000 ::: Lot Size 5,356 sqft
Purchased Date 12/17.2004 ::: Beds 4
Days on Redfin 2 ::: Baths 2
$/Sq-ft $315 ::: Year Built 1965
20% Downpayment $114,800 ::: Area Near Monrovia
Income Required $143,500 ::: Type SFR
Est. Payment* $2,902/month ::: MLS# 22110843

*Estimated monthly payment assume 20% down, 30-yr fixed @ 6.50%

Another day, another 100% financing deal gone wrong in Arcadia. According to Property Shark, this property was purchased in December of 2004 with two loans, a first loan of $460k on a ARM and a fixed second of $115k. The March 2008 transaction shows the bank taking back the property for $616,421. Since the original purchase price was just $575k, I suspect the homedebtor used that ATM bolted on the side of the house to pull out some easy HELOC money between 2004 and 2008.

I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again. Banks have no emotional ties to the properties they hold and will unload them at whatever price the market will bear. With the rising notice of defaults and foreclosures raping the southland, banks cannot afford to hold on to REOs in hopes that the crash has “bottomed,” nor can they wait for prices to increase. They have obligations to shareholders and unsold REOs on their books is like an anvil in the water.

This particular property is moderately priced, but not priced to sell. There is another listing just down the street with 3 bedrooms and a bigger lot asking for $429,900. At $299/sqft, it’s slightly cheaper than this house. Coincidentally, that listing is also an REO. It’s still early in the housing correction, but we are starting to see 2004 rollback prices in Arcadia and I expect to see more of those later this year.

4 thoughts on “REO at 2004 Rollback Prices”

  1. Looking at the overhead view, what is that on the immediate left of the property? some kind of creek or drainage?

    Across there is a street running directly into this house. This cannot be good.

    This will likely go back to $350-400k in 2 years.

    Whoever is buying this should budget at least $50-100k to update it.

  2. That’s a flood control canal next to the house and a maintenance road that runs along it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your preference. The plus is you don’t need to worry about neighbors on that side, it’s also gated and locked by the local government agency responsible for the canal so pedestrians and others won’t be walking along that side of your house. The downside is it doesn’t look that attractive and you don’t know what’s going to float down the canal.

  3. Checked out this property few days ago- not truly in arcadia, it is in the Unincorporated LA county and is not part of Arcadia school district. The place looks a lot worse in real life.

  4. right, this house in the Monrovia school district. On a busy street and with 1,800 sq ft on two stories it must feel real cramped inside. The lot is pretty small also. I agree that this is moderately priced.

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