Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sacramento Housing in December: Total Sales up 1.5% Year-over-year, First YoY increase since Oct 2012

by Bill McBride on 1/14/2015 01:14:00 PM

During the recession, I started following the Sacramento market to look for changes in the mix of houses sold (equity, REOs, and short sales). For some time, not much changed. But over the last 2+ years we've seen some significant changes with a dramatic shift from foreclosures (REO: lender Real Estate Owned) to short sales, and the percentage of total distressed sales declining sharply.

This data suggests healing in the Sacramento market and other distressed markets are showing similar improvement.  Note: The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® started breaking out REOs in May 2008, and short sales in June 2009.

In December 2014, 12.8% of all resales were distressed sales. This was up from 11.5% last month, and down from 18.8% in December 2013.

The percentage of REOs was at 6.7%, and the percentage of short sales was 6.1%.

Here are the statistics for November.

Distressed Sales Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the percent of REO sales, short sales and conventional sales.

There has been a sharp increase in conventional (equity) sales that started in 2012 (blue) as the percentage of distressed sales declined sharply.

Active Listing Inventory for single family homes increased 32.2% year-over-year (YoY) in November.  In general the YoY increases have been trending down after peaking at close to 100%.

Cash buyers accounted for 15.4% of all sales, down from 19.5% in December 2013 (frequently investors).  This has been trending down, and it appears investors are becoming much less of a factor in Sacramento.

Total sales were up 1.5% from December 2013, and conventional equity sales were up 8.9% compared to the same month last year.

Summary: Distressed sales down, conventional sales up and less investor buying.  This is what we'd expect to see in a healing market.  As I've noted before, we are seeing a similar pattern in other distressed areas.