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November 12, 2010

Spooky Shadow Inventory in Philadelphia Real Estate

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,For Buyers,For Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums,State of Marketplace — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:00 pm

There are clearly a number of condos for sale in Philadelphia. Duh. But what about the unmentioned “Shadow Inventory” that might be creeping up on us all? Shadow inventory, in my mind, are the condos that are part of some non-performing new developments here in town. There are a number of buildings with a hefty amount of inventory that has been sitting for quite a while, and is not selling. And the bulk of it is high rise condominiums – in generally what most buyers term as “B” locations.

IF A BUILDING HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SELL 70% OF ITS UNITS IN SAY 3 YEARS- THE PRICES ON THOSE AVAILABLE UNITS AREN’T GOING TO RISE ANYTIME SOON.

Prices  have a tendency to come down in such situations. Sometimes a new buyer will come in and buy the inventory in bulk, sometimes a condo auction will reset the pricing structure, and sometimes the buildings become glorified rental buildings- which simply postpones the inevitable price restructuring in the building (Delay and Pray).

Will Center City’s Shadow Inventory Come back to Haunt the Pricing Structure for Condos in this Segment? Will Philadelphia Condo Buildings that are viewed as substitutes for this shadow inventory suffer as well?

Stay Tuned..I’ll tell you what I think.

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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