By Christopher Matthews – The reason the shadow inventory was thought to be bad news for the housing market was that when these homes finally did go up for sale, they would overwhelm the demand for housing, which had slowed in recent years due to the poor economy and sluggish population growth.
So what happened, and why has the dreaded shadow inventory not yet sunk the convalescent U.S. housing market? I asked Sam Khater, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic, and he outlined three key reasons:
- Investors Got in on the Game
- Lenders Ramped Up Principal Forgiveness
- Many Homeowners Remain Underwater
- What Ever Happened to the Big, Bad “Shadow Inventory” of Homes? (business.time.com)
- Six Reasons Housing Inventory Keeps Declining (blogs.wsj.com)
- U.S. existing home sales unexpectedly fall (theglobeandmail.com)