Headlines 06.19.2012

Shadow inventory is shrinking quickly. The so-called shadow inventory refers to distressed properties that aren’t listed for sale but probably will be—homes on which borrowers are grossly delinquent or already in foreclosure, or that banks have already repossessed. CoreLogic says in April, 1.5 million homes were in the shadows, which equates to a four-month supply, down from a six-month supply a year earlier. A smaller shadow inventory can be positive for prices because it means there are fewer distressed homes poised to come on the market.

Good News for the Housing Market ~ BusinessWeek

Harvard: Home Sales Finally Poised to Improve ~ NAR

US builder confidence ticks up to 5-year high ~ Seattle Times