The foreclosure mess is making it harder for banks to sell properties. ForeclosureRadar, which tracks foreclosures in five Western states, says the number of properties coming to auction in Arizona, California, and Nevada has declined by more than 30 percent.

Investors are backing away from sales because they fear that the properties they buy will be tied up in an investigation, says Sean O’Toole, CEO of Foreclosure Radar.

O’Toole believes the problem is short-lived and ultimately will be settled in favor of the banks. “The fear that has been created in based more in hype than in law,” he says.

Source: CNNMoney.com, Les Christie (11/29/2010)

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