The average resale price for a foreclosed home in Santa Cruz County in July was $200,000 lower than other homes on the market, according to data released by RealtyTrac.
Also, the number of foreclosures in the county continues to decline. It was 17 percent lower in July than in June and down 71 percent from a year ago, the real estate trends service reported.
Home sales for June 2013 were down 17 percent compared with the previous month, but increased 23 percent when compared with a year ago. The median sales price of a non-distressed home was $555,500. The median sales price of a foreclosure home was $355,500.
Foreclosures hit South County and the San Lorenzo Valley the hardest. One in every 735 homes in Boulder Creek and one of every 3552 in Brookdale were in foreclosure. The rates were also troubling in Watsonville (one in 1,060) and Freedom (one in 352).
One of every 1,978 homes in Scotts Valley faced foreclosure last month, which was better than the county average of one in every 1,534 homes being considered distressed properties in July.