Based on CoreLogic's latest monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for November 2021, 3.6% 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 2.3-percentage point decrease compared to November 2020, when it was 5.9%.
To gain a complete view of the mortgage market and loan performance health, CoreLogic examines all stages of delinquency. In November 2021, the U.S. delinquency and transition rates, and their year-over-year changes, were as follows:
For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, national overall delinquency dropped below the March 2020 level of 3.6%, a sign that mortgage performance is following the nation's income growth. At the same time, foreclosure rates remain at historic lows as borrowers have been able to lean into the equity generated by a year of record-breaking home price growth. These factors combined have helped borrowers weather the lasting economic impacts brought on by the pandemic and avoid falling behind on payments or losing their homes.
"Nonfarm employment rose 6.45 million during 2021, helping to rebuild income for families under financial stress during the pandemic," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "Income growth has helped to reduce past-due rates and home equity build-up has reduced the likelihood of a distressed sale for families that experience financial challenges."
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