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Foreclosure inventory remains near all-time high

st-louis-realtor-dennis-normanAccording to a report just released by Lender Processing Services, the foreclosure inventory in the U.S.  remains near all-time highs, with 4.12 percent of all active mortgages in the foreclosure pipeline in addition to the 3.2 percent that are 90 days or more delinquent but have not yet begun the foreclosure process.   Foreclosures put an immense amount of downward pressure on home prices and until the foreclosure rate recedes back toward normal levels it is going to be hard for home prices to have a sustainable recovery.  On a good note, the high foreclosure levels are, for the most part in states that require a judicial foreclosure (a lengthier process) where 6.5 percent of all loans are in some state of foreclosure as opposed to states with non-judicial foreclosures where only 2.5 percent of loans in in the foreclosure process.  Both percentages are considerably higher than the pre-real estate meltdown average of 0.5 percent.

The report shows that mortgage delinquencies have stabilized, rising just 1.1 percent for the month to 7.2 percent but the rate is down almost 12 percent year to date.  Another encouraging statistic is the rate of new problem loans, the rate of which has dropped for 8 consecutive months reach a rate of 1.06 percent which is the lowest since July 2007.

As reported in LPS’ First Look release, other key results from LPS’ latest Mortgage Monitor report include:

Total U.S. loan delinquency rate: 7.2 %
Month-over-month change in delinquency rate: 1.1 %
Total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 4.12 %
Month-over-month change in foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: -0.5 %
States with highest percentage of non-current* loans: FL, MS, NJ, NV, IL
States with the lowest percentage of non-current* loans: MT, AK, SD, WY, ND
*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.

Source: LPS First Look

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1 comment to Foreclosure inventory remains near all-time high

  • It is not surprising to read that foreclosures are still at an all-time high. People continue to live beyond their means even in the midst of the recession. Bankruptcy filings are still high as many people continue to lose their jobs and cannot financially recover.