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CoreLogic: Existing Home Shadow Inventory declines 12% year-over-year

by Bill McBride on 1/02/2013 01:30:00 PM

From CoreLogic: CoreLogic® Reports Shadow Inventory Continues Decli


ne in October 2012

CoreLogic … reported today that the current residential shadow inventory as of

Half million dollar house in Salinas, Californ...

Half million dollar house in Salinas, California under foreclosure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

October 2012 fell to 2.3 million units, representing a supply of seven months. The October inventory level represents a 12.3 percent drop from October 2011, when shadow inventory stood at 2.6 million units.

CoreLogic estimates the current stock of properties in the shadow inventory, also known as pending supply, by calculating the number of properties that are seriously delinquent, in foreclosure and held as real estate owned (REO) by mortgage servicers but not currently listed on multiple listing services (MLSs). Transition rates of “delinquency to foreclosure” and “foreclosure to REO” are used to identify the currently distressed unlisted properties most likely to become REO properties. Properties that are not yet delinquent but may become delinquent in the future are not included in the estimate of the current shadow inventory. Shadow inventory is typically not included in the official reporting measurements of unsold inventory.

“Almost half of the properties in the shadow are delinquent and not yet foreclosed,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Given the long foreclosure timelines in many states, the current shadow inventory stock represents little immediate threat to a significant swing in housing market supply. Investor demand will help to absorb the already foreclosed and REO properties in the shadow inventory in 2013.”

Of the 2.3 million properties currently in the shadow inventory, 1.04 million units are seriously delinquent (3.3 months’ supply), 903,000 are in some stage of foreclosure (2.8 months’ supply) and 354,000 are already in REO (1.1 months’ supply).

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This graph from CoreLogic shows the breakdown of “shadow inventory” by category.

Note: The “shadow inventory” could be higher or lower using other numbers and methods; the key is that their estimate of the shadow inventory is declining.

Read more at http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/01/corelogic-existing-home-shadow.html#lhCFSm9gtpYquUlB.99