Housing Stats In SC

South Carolina's foreclosure rate in 2023 is one of the country's highest

South Carolina Public Radio | By Scott Morgan

Published July 18, 2023 at 12:33 PM EDT

Columbia and Florence have two of the highest city level foreclosure rates in the country so far in 2023.

South Carolina and Florida are the only states in the South where the rate of foreclosures filed in the first half of 2023 are among the 10 worst in the U.S.

To put it mildly, home sales in South Carolina were brisk during the COVID pandemic. In June, 2021, for instance,  SC Realtors reported a huge year-to-date uptick in home sales, a healthy upswing in median sale prices, and a 30% drop in the number of days residential properties spent on the market in every region of the state.

A year later, total year-to-date sales cooled in most regions, but median prices were still climbing everywhere, and properties were spending even less time on the market than they were the previous July.

So far this year, it’s a different story for real estate in South Carolina. Home sales statewide are down about 19% through the first half of 2023 , according to SC Realtors, which attributes the slump to lower inventory and higher borrowing costs.

And while median sale prices are still up in every region except the Piedmont (they’re down 1.3% there), properties are spending significantly more time on the market – 46.8% more time so far this year, compared to this point in 2022.

In the middle of this trend, there is a rise in foreclosures across the U.S. that is nearing pre-pandemic levels, according to real estate industry tracker ATTOM.

And ATTOM finds that South Carolina posted the sixth-highest foreclosure rate in the country in the first half of this year – 0.19% of all housing units in the state had a foreclosure filing through June. That’s 4,511 housing units, one in every 515.

That rate of 0.19% ties South Carolina with Florida, marking the only two Southern states among the 10 with the highest foreclosure rates so far this year.

And while South Carolina’s year-to-date foreclosure rate is 1.25% down from this point a year ago, it is 174% higher than it was in 2021.

Columbia’s rate of 0.29% is the fourth-highest among 223 American metro areas measured by ATTOM. Florence’s 0.26% is eighth-highest.

The U.S. national average rate is 0.13%.

Homeownership rate: 75.3%
Homeowner vacancy rate: 0.8%
Rental vacany rate: 7.2%
Occupied housing units: 1,975,915
Owner-Occupied housing units: 1,388,492
Rental-Occupied housing units: 587,432

Years homes were built

2014 or later (8.1%)
2014 to 2013 (4.1%)
2000 to 2009 (19.0%)
1980 to 1999 (33.5%)
1960 to 1979 (22.5%)
1940 to 1959 (9.0%)
1939 to earlier (3.8%)

Years homes were built

no bedroom (1.5%)
1 bedroom (5.0%)
2 or 3 bedrooms (70.8%)
4 or more bedroom (22.7%)

Typing of heating used

Electrical (70.9%)
Utility gas (23.5%)
Coal or Cake (0.0%)
Other Fuels (1.0%)
Bottled , tank or LP gas (3.5%)
no fuel used (0.5%)
Fuel oil, Kerosense, etc (0.6%)
South Carolina by the numbers for 2023 via www.censusbureau.gov/2023
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