Loans 90+ Days Delinquent, Loans in Foreclosure Outnumber Foreclosure Sales Fifty to One

Loans 90+ Days Delinquent, Loans in Foreclosure Outnumber Foreclosure Sales Fifty to One

Residential News » Residential Real Estate Edition | By Michael Gerrity | June 29, 2011 1:01 PM ET

According to the May Mortgage Monitor Report by Jacksonville-based Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) shows that the number of mortgages that are 90 or more days delinquent, combined with the foreclosure inventory at the end of May, totaled 4,084,557.

With foreclosure sales at 78,676 at month end, the volume of serious delinquencies and foreclosures over-shadowed the number of foreclosure sales by 50:1. In fact, there are still significantly fewer foreclosure sales than there were before foreclosure moratoria were put into place, and foreclosure sales are declining.

The May data shows that the biggest drop in foreclosure sales has been seen in East Coast states, with a decline of 96% in DC, 80% in Maryland, 79% in New York, and 75% in New Jersey. Additionally, inventories of foreclosures in judicial states have increased twice as much as inventories in non-judicial states over the last year. The average time spent in foreclosure continues to extend, with more than 33% of borrowers in foreclosure not having made a payment in over two years.

New problem loans, defined as loans that were current six months ago and were 60 or more days delinquent at the end of May, are now less than half the peak levels seen in 2009, and are currently at 1.27%. Overall, when compared to historical norms, delinquencies are almost double and foreclosures are eight times higher.

Negative equity also remains a concern, with nearly 30% of current loans in a negative equity position. The equity impact on new seriously delinquent loans is significant, with loans significantly under-water defaulting up to 10 times as much as loans with equity.

Key results from LPS' latest Mortgage Monitor report include:

  • Total U.S. loan delinquency rate: 7.96%
  • Month-over-month change in delinquency rate: -0.1%
  • Year-over-year change in delinquency rate: -18.3%
  • Total U.S foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 4.11%
  • Month-over-month change in foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: -0.7%

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