Housing-market distress is at its lowest in at least 20 years — can it hold?
Real Estate

Housing-market distress is at its lowest in at least 20 years — can it hold?

Since the housing crisis has been thwarted, lending and regulatory authorities have been hard on their associates so as to never recreate a situation of the likes of what has ensued in mid last decade. This has made it so the environment for borrowing has flourished and housing market observers have termed this scenario too faultless and functional. There have been warnings that since these stresses of the housing financial market have been so low and irregular, it may only be making way for a deflation from this point forward.

In May, the rate of foreclosure inventory, which is the percentage of homes which are at one of the many stages of the process of foreclosure, has been extremely low. It has been a record low which has not been witnessed in 20 years now, and the streak has continued on for six months in a row.

This data has been collected by CoreLogic, a real estate service provider. The company’s data dates back to 1999 only, so it is possible, that this is the lowest rate in over 20 years rather than under.

Delinquencies have also reached a low point since 1999, according to CoreLogic, which has cited that a 50-year low in rates of unemployment, rising prices of homes and responsible underwriting have been culprits in the matter.

 This all time low in factors is followed by a small increase in serious delinquency rates. These are loans which have become overdue by 90 days. For instance, since the California fires, serious delinquencies in the area are higher by 21% as compared to before.

This is to act as a reminder that the housing market as it was prior to the downer may not be too long a way off. Because of natural disasters, micro-economics, and municipal policies which are active in a region, the real estate in its entirety becomes local!

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Scott Kinzel
In a market which sees swinging trends, reducing and increasing rates of purchase, as well as a constant surge of information, Scott stands strong against the tides of news reports on the subject. His unique perspective of looking at the details of a story without making it one sided, or biased, places him in high regard for our team, and makes a fine addition.