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US Foreclosure Inventory Down 29 Percent Nationally from a Year Ago

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Shadow Inventory Highlights:

• As of April 2013, shadow inventory was under 2 million properties, or 5.3 months’ supply, and represented 85 percent of the 2.3 million properties currently seriously delinquent, in foreclosure or REO.
• Of the less than 2 million properties currently in the shadow inventory (Figures 1 and 2), 890,000 properties are seriously delinquent (2.4 months’ supply), 761,000 are in some stage of foreclosure (2 months’ supply) and 336,000 are already in REO (0.9 months’ supply).
• The value of shadow inventory was $314 billion as of April 2013, down from $386 billion in April 2012 and down from $320 billion six months prior, in October 2012.

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 or 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.

*April data was revised. Revisions are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates newly released data to provide updated results.

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