Buyer Guidelines June 22, 2023

Debunking the Myth: Are Foreclosure Floodgates About to Open?


In the world of real estate, rumors and speculation often run rampant. One such misconception that has been making the rounds lately is the idea that a flood of foreclosures is imminent. With alarming headlines and whispers among industry insiders, it’s time to set the record straight. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the truth behind this misconception and provide you with a clear understanding of the current state of the real estate market, complete with sourced data from industry experts.

The Foreclosure Myth:

You may have heard whispers of a pending foreclosure crisis, fueled by fears of economic instability and uncertain times. The notion that foreclosures will flood the market, driving down home prices and creating a buyer’s paradise, sounds enticing to some. But let’s examine the reality behind this misconception.

The Current Market Reality:

  1. Low Inventory: One crucial factor to consider is the historically low inventory levels across the United States. This shortage of available homes has created a competitive market, where sellers often receive multiple offers. The demand for housing far outweighs the supply, making it unlikely for a sudden influx of foreclosed properties to flood the market.
  2. Government Intervention: It’s essential to recognize the measures put in place to prevent a foreclosure surge. Government initiatives, such as foreclosure moratoriums and mortgage forbearance programs, have provided much-needed relief to homeowners facing financial hardship. These interventions aim to stabilize the housing market and help individuals retain their homes, rather than face foreclosure.
  3. Homeowner Equity: Another factor working against the foreclosure myth is the substantial increase in homeowner equity. Over the past years, home values have soared, enabling homeowners to build equity and strengthen their financial positions. This equity acts as a protective barrier against foreclosure, as homeowners have a vested interest in maintaining their properties.

The Role of Experienced Realtors

In navigating these uncertain times, working with an experienced real estate agent becomes even more crucial. As a seasoned agent who is dedicated to continually educating myself, I possess extensive market knowledge and insights culled from reliable sources. I understand the current dynamics and guide both buyers and sellers through the process, ensuring informed decisions are made.


While the notion of a foreclosure flood may make for catchy headlines and awesome fodder for the gloom-and-doom crowd, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. The current real estate market tells a very different story. With low inventory levels, government interventions, and increased homeowner equity, the likelihood of a sudden surge in foreclosures remains slim.

So, if you’re a buyer (or seller) waiting for the floodgates of foreclosures to open up, you’re in for a big disappointment…they ain’t coming!  Yes, I have seen a handful of foreclosed properties hit the market over the past few months, but they were inhabitable and the price reflected the condition (structural issues, mold infestation, mechanical issues, non-functional septic systems, etc.).

Remember, when it comes to your real estate journey, knowledge is power. I’m here to share my knowledge!  Reach out to trusted professionals who can provide accurate information and guide you through the process. I am dedicated to helping clients navigate the market with confidence and expertise.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering selling a home in northern New Jersey? The sale of your property be handled diligently by Antoinette, delivering the benefit of almost two decades of experience. Her marketing plan includes but is not limited to:

  • Professional photography package
  • Extraordinary internet exposure
  • Targeted social media campaigns
  • Just Listed eFlyer
  • Print advertising in VIEW Magazine, inserted in regional prime publications
  • Impressive property and area marketing materials
  • Neighborhood announcements

“Antoinette” Scognamiglio has been licensed since 2004 and is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional®️. She provides the value added benefit of practical advice on how to prepare your home for sale to ensure that your home exudes maximum appeal to buyer and REALTOR®️ audiences alike.

“Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realty, 91 Crane Road,  Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046.  Cell Phone: 201.240.8699.  Email: AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com.  Website:  www.AntoinettesHomes.net.