Shadow Inventory Variants Could Trigger Regional Price Declines

Regional variations in the shadow inventories of distressed U.S. mortgages could be an indicator of the direction home prices will take, according to a new report published by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

The company’s analysts say differences in the backlog of distressed properties point to which markets will see home prices stabilize or even increase, and where additional declines may still be in store.

The volume of troubled residential properties has been growing in nearly every U.S. state since 2005, S&P said, and borrowers nationwide are now defaulting on their mortgages faster than existing defaults are being resolved through liquidation. These trends have given rise to a large “shadow inventory” of distressed properties…

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