Monday, May 10, 2010

Fannie, Freddie, FHA REO Inventory Surges 22% in Q1 2010

by Bill McBride on 5/10/2010 03:55:00 PM

The combined REO (Real Estate Owned) inventory for Fannie, Freddie and the FHA increased by 22% in Q1 2010 from Q4 2009. The REO inventory (foreclosed homes) increased 59% compared to Q1 2009 (year-over-year comparison).

Fannie Freddie FHA REO Inventory Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph (ht Tom Lawler) shows the REO inventory for Fannie, Freddie and FHA through Q1 2010.

Even with all the delays in foreclosure, the REO inventory has increased sharply over the last three quarters, from 135,868 at the end of Q2 2009, to 153,007 in Q3 2009, 172,357 at the end of Q4 2009 and now 209,500 at the end of Q4 2010.

These are new records for all three agencies.

Remember this is just a portion of the total REO inventory. Private label securities and banks and thrifts hold an even larger number of REOs. For more, see Tom Lawler's earlier post: REO: Agencies vs. Private Label and from James Hagerty at the WSJ in March writing about a Barclays Capital report: Supply of Foreclosed Homes on the Rise Again.