Housing has become an industry afraid of its shadows. That shadow inventory of repossessed and soon-to-be repossessed homes has professionals from every side of the business worried about the impact such a sizeable volume of distress will have on property values and overall market fundamentals. But according to Standard & Poor’s, the obscurity hiding in the corner is getting smaller. The agency’s current estimate of time-to-clear the market’s distress is 47 months. That represents a five-month decline from its first-quarter estimate.
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