One broad trend across the country has been a consistent and steady decline in shadow inventory. There is already a shortage of visible inventory. So a shorter shadow – those properties with serious mortgage delinquency or in some stage of the foreclosure process – will not help relieve the inventory situation.
With new home construction still sluggish the housing inventory shortage could last longer. Home price increases in many parts of the country are nearly assured as a result. The price gains in some cases will be too fast and not good for the overall health of the local real estate market.