Friday, August 08, 2014

Sacramento Housing in July: Total Sales down 4.5% Year-over-year, Equity Sales up 9%, Active Inventory increased 68%

by Calculated Risk on 8/08/2014 06:43:00 PM

Several years ago I started following the Sacramento market to look for changes in the mix of houses sold (equity, REOs, and short sales).  For a long 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 July 2014, 12.3% of all resales were distressed sales. This was down from 13.3% last month, and down from 23.1% in July 2013. This is the post-bubble low.

The percentage of REOs was at 6.2%, and the percentage of short sales was 6.1%.

Here are the statistics for July.

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 sales that started in 2012 (blue) as the percentage of distressed sales declined sharply.

Active Listing Inventory for single family homes increased 68.0% year-over-year in July. 

Cash buyers accounted for 20.9% of all sales, down from 25.5% in July 2013, but up from 19.8% last month (frequently investors).  This has been trending down, and it appears investors are becoming much less of a factor in Sacramento.

Total sales were down 4.5% from July 2013, but conventional equity sales were up 8.9% compared to the same month last year. This is exactly what we expect to see in an improving distressed market - flat or even declining overall sales as distressed sales decline, and conventional sales increasing.

Summary: Distressed sales down sharply (at post bubble low), Cash buyers down significantly, normal equity sales up 8.9% year-over-year, and inventory up significantly.  So price increases should slow, and builders will slow too (with more inventory), and we might see lower land prices in some of these areas. 

As I've noted before, we are seeing a similar pattern in other distressed areas.