by Bill McBride on 7/10/2012 07:05:00 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Note: A couple of years ago I started watching several distressed markets very closely for a shift in the mix. We are now seeing a shift, although it is still early in the process ...
I've been following the Sacramento market to look for changes in the mix of house sales in a distressed area over time (conventional, REOs, and short sales). The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® started breaking out REOs in May 2008, and short sales in June 2009.
So far there has been a shift from REO to short sales, and the percentage of distressed sales has been declining year-over-year. This data would suggest some improvement although there are still more distressed sales to come.
In June 2012, 54.2% of all resales (single family homes and condos) were distressed sales. This was down from 58.3% last month, and down from 65.2% in June 2011. This is lowest level since the Sacramento Realtors started tracking distressed sales, but 54% distressed is still extremely high!
Here are the statistics.
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This graph shows the percent of REO sales, short sales and conventional sales. There is a seasonal pattern for conventional sales (stronger in the spring and summer), and distressed sales happen all year - so the percentage of distressed sales decreases every summer and the increases in the fall and winter.
There has been a sharp increase in conventional sales, and there were more short sales than REO sales in June for the third consecutive month.
Total sales were down 0.8% compared to June 2011, but conventional sales were up 30% year-over-year. Active Listing Inventory for single family homes declined 65.5% from last June, and total inventory, including "short sale contingent", was off 39% year-over-year.
Cash buyers accounted for 33.4% of all sales (frequently investors), and median prices were up 3.2% from last June.
This appears to be a little more progress, although the market is still in distress - and the full impact of the mortgage settlement is still unknown.
We are seeing similar patterns in other distressed areas.