By Barry Ritholtz
Yes, there certainly will be. Burns estimates there will be a “large numbers of foreclosures” that will drive home prices down 6% next year. Analyst Ivy Zelman pegs the number of coming foreclosures at three million to four million homes over the next few years.
All of the voluntary foreclosure moratoriums have slowed “the flow of properties headed toward foreclosure sales” regardless of deep in distress borrowers are. These delays only work to prolong the mortgage crisis and prevent prices from falling to more natural levels.
Thus, it creates a “growing ’shadow’ inventory of pent-up supply that will eventually hit the market.”