How are short sales affecting the market?
This chart divides Actives by Pendings (A/P, our gauge of the relative ‘health’ of each market). We’ve seen in the past that a 2.00 reading seemed healthy, and 3.00 was tolerable. I included contingents in the Pending counts because now they are much more likely to stick, and if a buyer does cancel, it’ll be because they found a better one and replaced it.
The two columns on the right side of the chart show the number of short sales in each Pending count, and the total number of short sales closed last year in each town:
|Town||Actives||Pendings||A/P||# of short sales in P||# of short sales closed in 2011|
Oceanside and Vista are smoking red hot with 1.05 reading – they literally have almost as many pendings as actives. Why? Because sellers AND buyers AND agents have embraced short sales. Comparing the pending short-sale counts of current vs. last year, it looks like Oceanside and Vista will probably set new records this year – and received a lot of experience in 2011.
But in NSDCC (the last six categories), it appears that short sales are a relatively new concept – but coming on strong. The difference is capitulation – Oceanside and Vista sellers have conceded on price, and buyers are responding. As a result, the market is working.
We need some old fashioned market clearing in NSDCC, where it is stale and stagnant.
In the last six towns on the list, there are 1,086 detached homes for sale. Even with the dozens of “refreshed” re-lists in the new year, the average market time is 121 days – with 21% of them having been on the market for more than six months!
How many sellers are in the ‘pre-distressed’ stage, and are just testing the market today at higher pricing to see if they can get out with at least enough for a steak dinner?
There must be quite a few – what will be the effect when they finally cave?
Specifically, would it hurt the market if they lowered their price and entered short-sale status?
Based on areas that have already seen capitulation, it doesn’t look like it (capitulation = lenders and listing agents getting sellers off the fence, price-wise).
Oh but wait JtR, Oceanside and Vista is a whole different socioeconomic class; there aren’t that many rich people. OK, we’ll see, but when there are 18 offers submitted on a funky older house on a busy street in La Jolla, I’ll stick to my guns that there are plenty of buyers….waiting.
Short sales are the device being used to ensure a softer landing, and the lenders/servicers will control the pace as needed. But they would be smart to recognize that market clearing is working great where implemented!