Friday, May 11, 2012

Lawler: Fannie SF REO Inventory: Total vs. “Listed/Available for Sale”

by Bill McBride on 5/11/2012 02:03:00 PM

From economist Tom Lawler:

In its latest 10-Q filing Fannie Mae showed the distribution of the “status” of its SF REO inventory, including the % it was unable to “market” for various reasons. (Fannie’s SF REO inventory as of 3/31/2012 totaled 114,157 properties, down 25.5% from last March).

Of Fannie’s 114,157 SF REO properties, almost half – 54,795 – were characterized as being “unable to market” (meaning can’t be listed for sale). Another 11,416 were not yet “listed” or “available” for sale because the properties were still being appraised (so that a list price can be determined). That left just 47,946 properties that were available for sale (listed), of which 22,831 already had a purchase offer accepted but which had not yet closed escrow.

Every so often some “quack” writes a piece saying that “lots” of GSE REOs aren’t listed for sale, “proving” that the GSEs are “holding properties off the market.”

Hopefully disclosure such as these will make such quacks “duck” for cover.

Fannie REO Click on graph for larger image.

CR Note: The Fannie table is below. Here is a pie chart showing the distribution of REO.

The "blue" categories are "marketable" (and many are in escrow).

The "orange, yellow, red" categories are not currently marketable. Some are within the state redemption period, some are rented, some are in the eviction process, some are being repaired ...

NOTE: Table below has a sub-total for "unable to market" that includes the categories below it:

Fannie Mae SF REO Inventory by "Status," March 31, 2012
PercentNumber (derived for categories)
Available for Sale22%25,115
Offer Accepted But Not Yet Sold20%22,831
Appraisal Stage (pending appraisals)10%11,416
Unable to Market:48%54,795
     Redemption Status (properties within state redemption period)13%14,840
    Occupied Status (eviction process not yet complete)14%15,982
    Rental Property (tenant under Tenant in Place or Deed for Lease programs)8%9,133
     Properties Being Repaired5%5,708