Lawler: Single Family REO inventories down 21.7% in Q3

The following graph is from economist Tom Lawler and shows the total REO for Fannie, Freddie, FHA, Private Label (PLS) and FDIC insured institutions. This isn't all the REO, as Lawler noted before, it "excludes non-FHA government REO (VA, USDA, etc.), credit unions, finance companies, non-FDIC-insured banks and thrifts", but it is probably over 90%.

From Tom Lawler:

On the SF REO front, the [FDIC insured] industry’s “carrying value” of 1-4 family REO properties at the end of September was $8.7663 billion, down from 8.0% on the quarter and down 26.3% from a year ago. The FDIC neither reports on nor collects data on the number of 1-4 family REO properties held by FDIC-insured institutions, which is annoying. Assuming that the average carrying value of 1-4 family properties at such institutions is 50% higher than the average for Fannie and Freddie (which seems broadly consistently with other data sources on average UPB balances), then a chart showing SF REO inventories of Fannie, Freddie, FHA, private-label securities, and FDIC-insured institution would look as follows.

Total REOClick on graph for larger image.

SF REO inventories for these combined sectors in September were down 21.7% from last September.

CR Note: There are still quite a few properties with loans 90+ days delinquent or in the foreclosure process, but it appears these institutions are working down the number of foreclosed properties they are holding.

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