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Daily Real Estate News  |  March 31, 2011  |   'Shadow' Inventory Shrinks Slightly to 1.8 Million
An improving economy has helped more home owners stay current on their mortgages and banks’ willingness to do more loan modifications have all helped to slightly drop the number of distressed homes, says Sam Khater, CoreLogic senior economist.

The U.S. had 1.8 million distressed homes in January that had yet to be listed for sale that's down slightly from 2 million homes in January 2010, market researcher CoreLogic reports.

Experts predict that number will continue to drop as the economy improves.

This “shadow” inventory includes homes that are more than 90 days delinquent on the mortgage, are in the foreclosure process, or are already bank owned, according to CoreLogic.

The states with the highest shadow inventory are New Jersey, Illinois, and Maryland, where it's estimated it will take 21 months (nearly 2 years) to sell the homes that are 90 days or more delinquent, CoreLogic reports.

Source: “Number of Unlisted ‘Shadow’ Homes Dip,” USA Today (March 31, 2011)

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Shadow Inventory: How Big, What Opportunities?

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