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Institutional Investors Slightly Less Active

The share of all-cash sales continues to decline, and the share of homes purchased by institutional investors—who account for the largest percentage of all-cash sales—has dropped right along with it.

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Existing-Home Sales Hit Six-Year High

Total housing inventory increased by 3.2 percent to 2.29 million existing homes available for sale at the end of May, and is 1.8 percent higher than the 2.25 million homes for sale a year ago, the report says. Meanwhile, unsold inventory dropped down to a 5.1-month supply at the current sales pace for May, down from 5.2 months in April.

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Index for Pending Home Sales Hits Two-Year High

The index also broke down pending home sales by region. While the South and West saw an increase of 4 percent and 1.7 percent for March, respectively, the Northeast and Midwest saw drops, decreasing by 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent.

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Economist: Declining Shadow Inventory Will Not Help Country’s Short Housing Supply

The thin shadow inventory compared with rising home values has caused the share of distressed home sales to drop to single digits. Since there will be fewer properties sold at deep discounts, this will cause home prices to strengthen, Yun said. "It also means that those practitioners who specialize in foreclosures or short-sales need to start thinking about a change in business models to normal home buyers and normal positive-equity home sellers," Yun wrote on the blog.

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