Checking The Pulse Of The Kansas City Real Estate Market
Shadow inventory is a combination of foreclosure listings that haven’t yet hit the market and seller’s who are behind 90+ days on their mortgage payments. In other words, these are the distressed homes that are VERY likely to be on the market in the near future. As such, they need to be factored into the equation when evaluating how the housing market is doing. While home sellers may view shadow inventory as a good thing in the short-term (because it’s fewer homes on the market now), overall these listings are bad news because most of them WILL eventually hit the market.
A report by CoreLogic shows that shadow inventory stands at a 5 month supply, down from 6 months of shadow inventory a year ago and the current figure is well below the 8.4 months of shadow inventory at the January 2010 peak. Despite the improvements in shadow inventory, home prices have continued to decline nationally, according to the CoreLogic report. But that is sure to change if improvements like the reduction in shadow inventory continue.
Posted by Jason Brown