Wednesday, October 27, 2010
California Shadow Inventory Report - Q3 - 2010
This is a simple graph to show the accumulation (or lack thereof) of REO inventory. When the blue line is above the green line REO inventory could be accumulating. I say "could be" because the green line is merely the number of homes sold during the quarter that were foreclosed in the past 12 months, so investors trustee flips would be captured in the data as well. I think the blue line will elevate somewhat but the two lines will stay pretty close as it makes little sense to foreclose and not market the home.I am very doubtful of the tsunami theory simply because the government has said it is not what they wish to happen and they have gone to great lengths for it not to happen. What we will have instead is stagnation in the market for a very very long time.
As you can see with the above graph, there was no great accumulation of REO's during Q3 but the spread between the two lines was at its greatest point in 5 quarters. The accumulation is about ~8000 homes. If resales stay this low and foreclosures stay this high it could be a worrying trend but as prices fall sales will pick up to absorb the excess inventory. And of course the robosigning issue could put a damper on REO supply as well.