Based on CoreLogic's latest monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for April 2021, 4.7% of all mortgages in the U.S. were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure), representing a 1.4-percentage point decrease in delinquency compared to April 2020, when it was 6.1%. This month's overall delinquency marks the lowest rate in a year.
To gain an accurate view of the mortgage market and loan performance health, CoreLogic examines all stages of delinquency. In April 2021, the U.S. delinquency and transition rates, and their year-over-year changes, were as follows:
CoreLogic's data for April 2021 reports its first year-over-year decrease and the lowest overall delinquency rate since the onset of the pandemic as job and income recovery enables more homeowners to remain or return to "current" mortgage payment status. Additionally, in an effort to help borrowers who are in forbearance programs, financial institutions and government entities are continuing to enact provisions that give homeowners ample opportunity to bounce back and keep their homes.
"The sharp rebound in the economy, as well as a potent combination of government fiscal and regulatory help, is fueling unprecedented demand for residential housing and enabling people to buy and stay in their homes," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "The drop in delinquency rates is a further manifestation of the benefits of these tailwinds. Barring an unforeseen change, we expect rates to continue to fall and home prices rise over the next 12-to-18 months."
"Natural hazard events and job loss in the oil and gas industry during the past year continue to affect local delinquency rates, despite a general decline in delinquency rates in many urban areas," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "Of all metros, Odessa and Midland, Texas, had the largest one-year jumps in serious delinquency rates, followed by Lake Charles, Louisiana, which was hit hard by Hurricanes Laura and Delta in 2020."
U.S. States and Metro Takeaways: