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Cash Sales Share Falls to Lowest Level Since September 2008

The cash sales share has declined year-over-year every month since January 2013. The share declined by 0.9 percentage points month-over-month in April, although year-over-year comparisons provide a more accurate picture for cash sales share due to seasonality in the housing market, according to CoreLogic.

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Foreclosure Metrics Experience More Double-Digit Declines

On a year-over-year basis, foreclosure inventory—residential homes in some state of foreclosure—declined by 27 percent nationwide, down to about 491,000 homes, according to CoreLogic. This number represents about 1.3 percent of all residential homes with a mortgage nationwide. In May 2014, about 676,000 homes were in foreclosure, comprising 1.7 percent of all mortgages nationwide.

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Distressed Sales Fall to Eight-Year Low

Pre-crisis, distressed sales usually hovered around 2 percent, the report stated. CoreLogic expects the numbers to return to this mark by mid-2017, a claim bolstered by the ongoing shift away from REO sales. REO sales made up 7.4 percent of total distressed sales in April, while short sales made up 3.7 percent.

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Recent Home Price Appreciation Has Led to Reduced Foreclosure Inventory

New Homes

Increasing home values have played a role in reducing foreclosure inventory, since homeowners who either have little equity or are underwater tend to have higher default rates. Nothaft said homeowners underwater by 20 percent or more had a default rate that was four times that of homeowners with a current LTV ratio of 80 percent.

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Completed Foreclosures Decline But Remain At Double Pre-Recession Levels

"Despite a slow and steady improvement in most housing market fundamentals, too many families remain in default of their mortgage obligations," said Anand Nallathambi, President and CEO of CoreLogic. "The percent of homeowners with a mortgage that have missed three or more monthly payments or are in foreclosure proceedings dropped to 3.6 percent in our April data. While well below the record peak of nearly 9 percent and the lowest in more than seven years, it remains about double the pre-2007 rate."

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