Mortgage Delinquencies Improve in July

September 5, 2012 (Shirley Allen)

Mortgage delinquencies declined for the first time in four months in July, falling 1.6 percent from June, and are now eleven percent lower than last year according to the latest “First Look” Mortgage Report released by Lender Processing Services (LPS).

The percentage of loans that were 30 days or more past due, but not yet in foreclosure, declined from 7.14 percent in June to 7.03 percent in July, the first decline in the delinquency rate in four months. The delinquency rate was 11.0 percent lower than what it was in July 2011.

The foreclosure inventory also decreased in July to a total of 2.042 million properties, down from 2.061 million properties in June, a decline of 19,000 properties. The foreclosure inventory was 0.9 percent lower than a year ago.

The number of properties in the shadow inventory also declined, falling from 1.590 million properties in June to 1.560 million properties in July, a decrease of 30,000 properties.

The total number of properties that were either delinquent or in foreclosure declined from 5.663 million in June to 5.562 million in July.

The “First Look” report contains highlights of the company’s forthcoming Mortgage Monitor report which will provide a more in-depth review including an analysis of data supplemented by in-depth charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations.

Early highlights of the report include:

Total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure): 7.03% compared to 7.14% in June 2012

Month-over-month change in delinquency rate: -1.6% compared to 3.4% in June 2012

Year-over-year change in delinquency rate: -11.0% compared to -7.3% in June 2012

Total U.S foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 4.08% compared to 4.09% in June 2012

Month-over-month change in foreclosure presale inventory rate: -0.2% compared to -2.0% in June 2012

Year-over-year change in foreclosure presale inventory rate: -0.9% compared to -1.0% in June 2012

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: (A) 3,520,000 compared to 3,602,000 in June 2012

Number of properties that are 90 or more days delinquent, but not in foreclosure: 1,560,000 compared to 1,590,000 in June 2012

Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory: (B) 2,042,000 compared to 2,061,000 in June 2012

Number of properties that are 30 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure: (A+B) 5,562,000 compared to 5,663,000 in June 2012

States with highest percentage of non-current* loans: FL, MS, NV, NJ, IL (FL, MS, NV, NJ, IL in June 2012)

States with the lowest percentage of non-current* loans: MT, AK, WY, SD, ND (MT, AK, WY, SD, ND in June 2012)

*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.

Notes:
(1) Totals are extrapolated based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets.
(2) All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Tags: LPS, mortgage delinquency rate, foreclosure inventory, non-current loans

Source:
LPS