In the face of a general increase of real property prices, lending companies and banks in the United Kingdom are now promoting faster sales of distressed companies. The said firms saw the current prices favorable as it gives them the advantage to gain the desired returns of investments. However, even as the drive to sell these properties is at full speed, potential buyers are told not to pin too much hope on greatly reduced prices in the following weeks and months. According to the observers in the real estate sector, the banks and the creditors may want to dispose of the foreclosed or distressed properties under their stewardship but this does not mean that are prone to pull down the prices.
Many deals have actually been concluded under this recent attempt to sell distressed properties in a systematic and faster way. According to Property Data, a think-tank in the real estate market, the first half of 2010 showed a remarkable increase of the sales. Its study says that about 64 deals have been concluded in the past few months in 2010 with sales reaching the amount of £1.71 billion. Property Data representatives said that this is also ready a significant increase compared to what had been achieved in 2009, which was only £1.91 billion. The representatives believe that the increase will be double to that of 2009 by the end of this year.
The banks and lending firms in the UK have always allowed individuals and companies in the country to apply for loans. The bank executives admit that in the past few years, they have been very lenient in approving requests and application for loans from commercial property owners. The reason behind this, according to them, is that the loans always come with collaterals which are oftentimes the real properties themselves. When the financial crisis hit the country and badly affected businesses of all kinds, the commercial property owners were one of those most hurt by the economic downturn. With losses incurred and debt payment obligations unmet, the commercial property owners have no recourse but to let their creditors possess their buildings and lots.
However, as foreclosures on delinquent debtors’ properties took place, the problem that banks and creditors have to face is disposing these as soon as possible. With the trend of more people and businesses interested in buying such properties, the creditors saw it necessary to launch a campaign to sell these distressed real properties in the fastest way possible.
Creditors have seen signs of success in disposing of these properties. Bank representatives said that although they did not pull down the prices to bargain levels, selling these properties appeared easier to do than last year. It is hoped that many creditors will be able to free themselves from the burden of managing such properties.