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There is no "shadow inventory"

By wave9x   2012 Aug 15, 9:03am   43,544 views   144 comments   watch (2)   quote      

According to Foreclosureradar.com, there is no shadow inventory, so good luck to those waiting for a flood of houses to go on the market...
http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21312143/bay-area-foreclosures-jump-july

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105   freak80     2012 Aug 23, 6:06am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

dodgerfanjohn says

There's plenty of neighborhoods in LA ready to gentrify.

Isn't most of LA a gang wasteland?

106   E-man   5/5 = 100% civil   2012 Aug 23, 10:36am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

EBGuy says

HEY YOU posted this link on a separate thread. Not sure what to call these folks (well, one word does come to mind), but 31% of mortgagors are underwater. Low interest rates and other extend and pretend measures keep these folks 'trapped forever' in a prison of their own making.

Greg, not sure about this being bad for investors -- if the bubble was about common folk losing their shirts, the downslope is about a massive wealth transfer to the rent seeking class.

If the government allows refinancing with no docs, it will bail out a lot of underwater homeowners. Basically, it would cut their monthly mortgage payment by 1/3 to 1/2. Loan modification was designed with this intention, but it hasn't worked very well due to the fact that you must provide financial docs.

If HARP 3.0 passes, expect the "shadow inventory" to be shrunk significantly.

107   thomaswong.1986     2012 Aug 23, 4:15pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

dodgerfanjohn says

That's not exactly true. When proper demand exists, the building WILL take place. Take for example NELA. Tons of building there transforming garbage homes into sanitized IKEA flips. What was once gang ridden wasteland is now being turned into a new bastion of upper middle classdom.

However, that's not happening in appreciably larger areas and it's because the demand doesn't exist. If it did, you'd see the same construction in Lincoln Heights, El Sereno, Boyle Heights, and Pico Union.

or more noteable in limited lands of San Francisco .. buildings taken down or converted to livable towers and lofts. Its has happened alot over the last 10-12 yrs.

108   FamilyForce6     2012 Aug 24, 12:11am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

wave9x says

HUD chief confirms there is no "shadow inventory":

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-shaun-goes-west-20120822,0,2090315.story

But I suppose that won't convince the paranoid conspiracy theorists on here.

I've learned over the last several years that anything the federal government (and federal reserve) says, you can pretty much count on the exact opposite being closer to the truth.

109   FamilyForce6     2012 Aug 24, 12:19am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

taxee says

The paychecks, bonuses, and campaign contributions continue to flow. As long as banks can borrow at negative real interest rates why screw up easy money by recognizing the losses and go bankrupt? Why not just stall and/or hoard properties and wait for home buyers with clean credit, mortgage insurance, and stars in their eyes? If you're a tbtf bank even being a slum landlord works to show a cash flow, launder new money, and qualify as a business in the eyes of the fed. The squatters are happy, the execs are happy, the corporations and their puppets are happy and the old folks with pensions are still getting checks. This could go on for a long time.

As Keynes said, "markets can stay irrational longer than investors can stay solvent"- though it should be modified to say "markets can be rigged longer than economically sensible families looking to buy a house can hold out for sanity to return to the markets". I guess that doesn't flow as well- I'll have to work on that one.

110   tatupu70     2012 Aug 24, 1:07am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

Call it Crazy says

Sad isn't it that this is what it has come to..... we can't straight out believe the information the government tells us....

It is sad. Sad that you choose to believe what you want to be true and disregard all data that doesn't agree with you.

111   tatupu70     2012 Aug 24, 1:30am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

Call it Crazy says

tatupu70 says



It is sad. Sad that you choose to believe what you want to be true and disregard all data that doesn't agree with you.


Aaahhhh.... the Troll shows up on this nice Friday!!

lol--your definition of troll is someone who disagrees with you? Fits your profile pretty well.

112   Bigsby     2012 Aug 24, 1:41am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Call it Crazy says

tatupu70 says

lol--your definition of troll is someone who disagrees with you? Fits your profile pretty well.

No just someone who disagrees but doesn't post any facts or data to support his claim..... just makes blind statements.... you're an expert at that!!

Pot, kettle...

113   tatupu70     2012 Aug 24, 1:42am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Call it Crazy says

tatupu70 says



lol--your definition of troll is someone who disagrees with you? Fits your profile pretty well.


No just someone who disagrees but doesn't post any facts or data to support his claim..... just makes blind statements.... you're an expert at that!!

Nice try but I post links and data to back my claims. You always choose to counter that the data is suspect. So who's the real troll?

114   CDon   1/1 = 100% civil   2012 Aug 24, 2:49am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

FamilyForce6 says

As Keynes said, "markets can stay irrational longer than investors can stay solvent"- though it should be modified to say "markets can be rigged longer than economically sensible families looking to buy a house can hold out for sanity to return to the markets". I guess that doesn't flow as well- I'll have to work on that one.

Try: "the government can play kick-the-can longer than you can stay alive".

115   SubOink   52/52 = 100% civil   2012 Aug 24, 3:55am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Homeboy says

zesta says

In Los Angeles there aren't many more empty areas to build that are within an hour's drive of major employment centers.

Said everybody in 2006, right before the crash.

It's easy to talk about this. Do you SEE any areas where you can build?? I don't.

Done.

116   zesta     2012 Aug 24, 4:12am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

dodgerfanjohn says

That's not exactly true. When proper demand exists, the building WILL take place.

There's plenty of neighborhoods in LA ready to gentrify. And don't give me that nonsense about how no one wants to live in gang wasteland. People said the same thing about Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Viliage, Altadena, and Highland Park.

You're right about the neighborhoods ready to gentrify. There are plenty.

There's a big difference in buying 1000 acres of land and putting cookie-cutter housing tracts and scraping individual lots and putting up SFHs or mixed-used projects. The margins aren't the same and the additional red tape makes it exceptionally time-consuming.

Playa Vista was the last major residential development in LA's westside and it took them almost 30 years to build ~3k units.

There's probably more room to build Orange County, but gas prices are killing the exurbs and major development in LA.

117   Homeboy     2012 Aug 24, 5:00am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

SubOink says

Homeboy says

zesta says

In Los Angeles there aren't many more empty areas to build that are within an hour's drive of major employment centers.

Said everybody in 2006, right before the crash.

It's easy to talk about this. Do you SEE any areas where you can build?? I don't.

Done.

Miss the point much? I thought this was obvious, but:

Many people in 2006 said that L.A. was "built out", that there was a housing shortage, and that therefore prices would continue to rise.

Did prices continue to rise? No.

What can we learn from this? That it is a bogus argument. It was bogus then, and it is bogus now. I am not questioning whether there are places to build; I am saying it is not relevant.

DONE.

118   Homeboy     2012 Aug 24, 5:14am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Oh, and to answer your question - Is there any vacant land within an hour of major employment centers in L.A.? Yes.

119   zesta     2012 Aug 25, 2:07am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Homeboy says

SubOink says

Homeboy says

zesta says

In Los Angeles there aren't many more empty areas to build that are within an hour's drive of major employment centers.

Said everybody in 2006, right before the crash.

It's easy to talk about this. Do you SEE any areas where you can build?? I don't.

Done.

Miss the point much? I thought this was obvious, but:

Many people in 2006 said that L.A. was "built out", that there was a housing shortage, and that therefore prices would continue to rise.

Did prices continue to rise? No.

What can we learn from this? That it is a bogus argument. It was bogus then, and it is bogus now. I am not questioning whether there are places to build; I am saying it is not relevant.

DONE.

Gas prices during the boom years were about $2-$3/gallon.

In 2007/2008 gas prices spiked to above $4 and people realized that high gas prices were a strong possibility. There's been a change in where people are willing to live, and you can see it in the fall of housing prices in the exurbs. Santa Clarita, Riverside were places that you could build housing tracts. If nobody wants to live there anymore, where else will you build?

120   Homeboy     2012 Aug 25, 5:00am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

zesta says

Gas prices during the boom years were about $2-$3/gallon.

In 2007/2008 gas prices spiked to above $4 and people realized that high gas prices were a strong possibility. There's been a change in where people are willing to live, and you can see it in the fall of housing prices in the exurbs. Santa Clarita, Riverside were places that you could build housing tracts. If nobody wants to live there anymore, where else will you build?

Well, no - prices fell because they were unsustainable. We had a bubble, and then it burst. Gas prices had nothing to do with it.

If you don't believe people commute anymore, try getting on ANY freeway during commute hours.

121   Goran_K   136/136 = 100% civil   2012 Aug 26, 3:42am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

zesta says

There's been a change in where people are willing to live, and you can see it in the fall of housing prices in the exurbs. Santa Clarita, Riverside were places that you could build housing tracts. If nobody wants to live there anymore, where else will you build?

Have you seen the 405, 91, 55, 57, 10, and 110 during rush hour? There are still a lot of people willing to commute from Santa Clarita, Corona, etc to get to job centers.

122   zesta     2012 Aug 26, 8:26am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

How far have housing prices fallen in the Central Valley compared to SF?

How far have housing prices fallen in the Inland Empire compared to LA?

Using traffic as a metric is ridiculous. Can I use that same metric and conclude that since there's a lot of traffic during rush hour unemployment is low?

123   Homeboy     2012 Aug 26, 2:35pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

zesta says

How far have housing prices fallen in the Central Valley compared to SF?

How far have housing prices fallen in the Inland Empire compared to LA?

That will tell you nothing. You need to know how far prices ROSE during the bubble. Outlying areas are always more volatile. Prices rise AND fall more in outlying areas.

Using traffic as a metric is ridiculous. Can I use that same metric and conclude that since there's a lot of traffic during rush hour unemployment is low?

No, your analogy is ridiculous. The difference in unemployment statistics between good and bad times is going to be 5% or less. Are you telling me you think you can spot a 5% difference one way or another in traffic congestion just by looking? No, that is going to be a miniscule difference. But if people stopped commuting from outlying areas, the difference would not be miniscule.

124   Goran_K   136/136 = 100% civil   2012 Aug 27, 1:01am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

zesta says

Using traffic as a metric is ridiculous. Can I use that same metric and conclude that since there's a lot of traffic during rush hour unemployment is low?

http://www.redfin.com/city/17676/CA/Santa-Clarita

Homes sales in Santa Clarita are up 16% YOY. Who is being ridiculous now?

125   nobaloney   2/2 = 100% civil   2012 Sep 10, 11:33am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

There is much being made about the alleged “shadow inventory” of homes being held by banks that are in some stage of foreclosure. Advocates of the “the shadow inventory is ‘out-there-lurking-and-ready-to-dump-new-inventory-on-the-market’ obviously have no idea about the disincentives for banks to do that.

In addition to the mistake of perhaps selling too soon into a rising market, banks have a very important reason not to sell their property at a loss. If a bank sells a property at a loss, they must immediately show that loss on their books and every loss affects their stock, their loss ratio and their P&L sheets. Analysts of banks look very carefully at loan loss coverage ratios and it has a major effect on the market reputation of the bank as well as how the investor community sees that bank.

This issue was seen during the financial crisis of 2008/09 when many securities held on banks' balance sheets could not be valued efficiently as the markets had disappeared from them. In April of 2009, however, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted on and approved new guidelines that would allow for the valuation to be based on a price that would be received in an orderly market rather than a forced liquidation. Starting in the first quarter of 2009, banks were allowed to not “mark-to-market”. This ruling fixed an accounting problem which had been causing many banks to appear undercapitalized when in fact they were not.

When a bank has to write down an asset on its books, it not only has to take the loss, but also has to beef up its reserve of cash to cover its declining asset base. The net result is a black eye and less money to lend— even if the bank plans to hold the asset until indefinitely or until maturity. So basically, there is no incentive whatsoever for a bank to rush onto the market any properties subject to foreclosure. Those who fail to understand the internal workings of banks are still believing the myth of “shadow inventory” rather than the fact that the FASB accounting rules allow banks to hold troubled real estate assets without having to write down their value. Maybe these “believers” should come out of their own shadows and see the light of day.

126   doctorbee     2012 Oct 24, 1:37am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Here's your shadow inventory. Take the average number of foreclosed homes before the robosigning settlement and compare it to the average number of forclosed homes after. The difference in those averages multiplied by the time since forclosuregate is where all your shadow inventory is.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/foreclosure-stuffing

127   Beaconhis     2012 Dec 29, 12:24am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

There is in West Palm Beach. I see it almost everyday while doing home inspections. Homes that are vacant, haven't been sold in years and not for sale at the present time. I get calls all the time that have recently hit the market that have mold issues from sitting vacant and improperly air conditioned for so long.

128   RentingForHalfTheCost     2012 Dec 29, 1:05am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

zesta says

In Los Angeles there aren't many more empty areas to build that are within an hour's drive of major employment centers.

That has been always a gimmick of realtors for years. If you opened your eyes and looked around, even in L.A., you would see there is land everywhere. Yes, more than enough to meed the piddly demand that exists. Only one way to go with prices from here. Interest rates are half what they used to be in 2007 and prices are less. Not a good sign and that speaks the truth. People are extended to death and just barely hanging on. "No shadow inventory"? Reading thing like this means that the bang will then be even worst. Good luck out there.

129   Kevin     2012 Dec 29, 6:29am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

As someone who has been trying to find a good lot to build on for months, I'm going to have to disagree about land near big cities.

Every lot I've seen is either too many expensive to build on (half of my budget or more) or unsuitable for building (slopes, wetlands, protected species, etc.)

For subdivision builders, things are not even worse since they tend yo need good plots in the 10 acre+ variety.

New construction just can't be competitive with existing inventory in the present market. When you can buy a 3000 sf home with hardwoods, granite, high end appliances, Trippe paned windows, etc. For $500k, there's no way for new construction to be competitive.

Expect future builders to focus on smaller homes and quality design to be competitive. Either that or they wait until all the mcmansions start falling apart so that they can go back to vinyl and carpet and be competitive

130   HousingBoom     2012 Dec 29, 8:51am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Maybe the govt invented an invisible cloak to cover the empty homes so nobody can see it.

131   RentingForHalfTheCost     2012 Dec 29, 5:20pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Kevin says

As someone who has been trying to find a good lot to build on for months, I'm going to have to disagree about land near big cities.

With cities poised to go bankrupt all through the U.S. you can bet that re-zoning will be done in metro areas. I didn't say the land was accessible right now, but it will be. Look around, it is everywhere. The one thing this country has is land.

132   iwog   1504/1505 = 99% civil   2012 Dec 31, 9:17am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

The Professor says

Zillow map from one of the "better" 'hoods in Pittsburg.

Seriously man, you have GOT to stop trying to second guess the market and look at THE MARKET! The dream of waiting for the shadow inventory to force down home prices was shattered in 2012. Home prices have to FALL 25% just to get back to January and they show no sign of slowing down........even in the dead of winter! Sales numbers have to more thanTRIPLE just to get back to December 2011. Trying to make a case about foreclosure pressures in Contra Costa County is like trying to prove the Titanic is seaworthy while water keeps pouring into the hull.

It's time to concede, regroup, and try to figure out what the next 5 years will look like.

133   David Losh     2012 Dec 31, 9:48am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

If you can see, and quantify the shadow inventory, it's no longer a shadow.

134   Kevin     2012 Dec 31, 12:12pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

The Professor says

The investers are buying these up as fast as they can because they think that they can rent them back to the defaulters for more than the defaulters were paying in mortgage.

This makes roughly zero sense. If they can afford a higher rent payment, they wouldn't be in default on the loan.

135   iwog   1504/1505 = 99% civil   2012 Dec 31, 3:32pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Kevin says

This makes roughly zero sense. If they can afford a higher rent payment, they wouldn't be in default on the loan.

Absolutely false. I'll use my own tenants as an example:

- Lost home to foreclosure in 2008. His payment was $4600 1st and 2nd.
- Rented from me in 2008 for $2000 per month in a house that is worth $250,000.
- Is just emerging from credit jail.
- Can EASILY afford PITI on this exact same house at $500,000 and a 10% down, which would result in a payment of just over $2000.
- Using this example, which is identical to nearly every house I own and rent out in Concord, the market could quite quickly double in price while still being quite affordable to most people who are currently renting and a fraction of the 2006 market.

This is the real on-the-ground situation. It is radically different from the picture being painted here.

136   Kevin     2012 Dec 31, 5:05pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

iwog says

Kevin says

This makes roughly zero sense. If they can afford a higher rent payment, they wouldn't be in default on the loan.

Absolutely false. I'll use my own tenants as an example:

- Lost home to foreclosure in 2008. His payment was $4600 1st and 2nd.

- Rented from me in 2008 for $2000 per month in a house that is worth $250,000.

- Is just emerging from credit jail.

- Can EASILY afford PITI on this exact same house at $500,000 and a 10% down, which would result in a payment of just over $2000.

- Using this example, which is identical to nearly every house I own and rent out in Concord, the market could quite quickly double in price while still being quite affordable to most people who are currently renting and a fraction of the 2006 market.

This is the real on-the-ground situation. It is radically different from the picture being painted here.

Your renter isn't paying you $4600 a month, so its really not countering what I said.

Nobody is going yo default and then rent the same house for a higher payment.

And if the place is only worth $250k, nobody will rent it for $4600 period.

They'll certainly rent it for more than what *you* pay, but thats not what the professor was claiming.

(I highly doubt they'd pay double, either, unless shit hits the fan and inflation goes through the roof. Try charging $4000 when the lease is up and let me know how many tenants you attract)

137   Kevin     2012 Dec 31, 7:46pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I don't think anybody is that dumb. They're buying the properties because they can make a decent rental profit, not because they're delusional.

138   iwog   1504/1505 = 99% civil   2013 Jan 1, 2:08am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Kevin says

Your renter isn't paying you $4600 a month, so its really not countering what I said.

Of course it is. You said:

Kevin says

If they can afford a higher rent payment, they wouldn't be in default on the loan.

I gave you an example of someone who defaulted on a loan, and who could easily afford to buy the house he's living in for the rent he's paying now at double the price!

The factors preventing him from doing so are temporary. There are only two:

1. Saving up for a down payment, which he may have already done for all I know and
2. Getting out of credit jail which will happen eventually regardless of circumstances.

139   iwog   1504/1505 = 99% civil   2013 Jan 1, 3:05am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

The Professor says

3. Competing with all of the investers that want double the PITI.

Of course investors want double the PITI, who wouldn't? The opportunities for that are mostly gone now.

140   Kevin     2013 Jan 1, 4:28am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

iwog says

Kevin says

Your renter isn't paying you $4600 a month, so its really not countering what I said.

Of course it is. You said:

Kevin says

If they can afford a higher rent payment, they wouldn't be in default on the loan.

I gave you an example of someone who defaulted on a loan, and who could easily afford to buy the house he's living in for the rent he's paying now at double the price!

The factors preventing him from doing so are temporary. There are only two:

1. Saving up for a down payment, which he may have already done for all I know and

2. Getting out of credit jail which will happen eventually regardless of circumstances.

That is not what the professor was claiming at all Mr duck. Read it again.

141   Goran_K   136/136 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 1, 4:36am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Even the biggest of Ponzi enablers, JP Morgan Chase, doesn't claim there isn't any "shadow inventory":

People just disagree on the numbers, and how it will have an effect on the market. But the homes aren't really in the shadows.

142   iwog   1504/1505 = 99% civil   2013 Jan 1, 5:16am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

The Professor says

I know you are just playing the game by the rules and if you did not do it someone else would, BUT don't you see anything wrong with taking advantage of the market by outmaneuvering first time buyers and then renting to them for more than PITI?

If I saw something wrong with it, then I would be making an argument prohibiting the ownership of private property.

I am not a communist. I really do wish I could make as much money creating real wealth instead of hoarding wealth, however 30 years of gross stupidity by American voters have stripped my customers of their ability to pay.

I would rather be running a farm, mine, factory, or restaurant but the current economy is very hostile to any of these industries.

143   Goran_K   136/136 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 1, 5:17am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

The Professor says

It looks like the outflow exceeds the inflow. We should be out of the housing mess within a couple of years.

I think at minimum, 3-4 years. That's assuming the fundementals such as unemployment, growth, etc correct as well.

If unemployment remains high, and we continually hit debt ceilings, I think all bets are off.

One thing is for sure, we're not out of the woods quite yet.

144   Kevin     2013 Jan 1, 7:57am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

iwog says

I would rather be running a farm, mine, factory, or restaurant but the current economy is very hostile to any of these industries.

Farming has always been tough. That's why we subsidize the industry so much.

Mines are doing great if you're mining the right thing. Copper, rare earths, and precious metals are doing particularly well.

Factories also depend highly on what you make. Foxconn, samsung, and other large manufacturers are going gangbusters. There's just no opportunity for anything small scale.

Restaurants have never really been both good investments and producers of quality food. You can get a nice consistent return owning a fast food chain, but then you're just contributing to the demise of society.

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