US Real Estate’s Shadow Inventory at Lowest Level in Three Years

US Real Estate's Shadow Inventory at Lowest Level in Three YearsThe number of U.S. homes that could soon come onto the market fell to the lowest in more than three years as of July as distressed sales offset new delinquencies in an encouraging sign for the housing market, a data analyst firm said on Tuesday.

The pending supply of homes, also known as shadow inventory, fell to 2.3 million units as of the end of July, down 10.2 percent from 2.6 million units a year ago and at the same level as March 2009, CoreLogic said. The July data is the most recent available.

Shadow inventory includes the number of properties that are seriously delinquent or behind with loan payments, in foreclosure or held by lenders and servicers but not currently listed on the market. At the end of July it was equal to about six months’ supply, CoreLogic said.

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