Some economists are concerned that a slower foreclosure process will mean that the housing recovery will take longer to get going. Foreclosures tend to sell at a discount, and, when making up the bulk of sales in a market, give the perception that prices are falling. In addition, residential builders are struggling to compete with foreclosed homes. Home building has typically been an important boost to an economy exiting recession.
"Clearing this stuff out and getting this stuff over with is just essential, and so in the long run the faster these things can be resolved now, the better," said Richard Green, director of USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate. "That is the only point at which the market can resume normalcy."