San Diego foreclosures are a lot cheaper!

In San Diego County, California, “Single-family houses in foreclosure sold for a median price of $365,000, compared with a median of $500,000 for nonforeclosures. The 2005 peak in that category was $565,000.”

Throw in a study from a university professor.

In areas with no foreclosure sales, the median house price dropped 5.3 percent on average in the past year, as measured by price per square foot, Gin said. But for every 10 percent increase in the percentage of transactions that were foreclosures, the median price per square foot dropped an additional 3.6 percent.

For example, in La Jolla, which had no foreclosure sales in the first quarter, the median price per square foot on 42 sales was $698, a figure 5.7 percent lower than a year ago. In National City, where nearly half of the 30 houses sold in the first three months of 2008 were foreclosures, the $268-per-square-foot price was down 32.7 percent over the past year.

Emphasis mine.