Mortgage delinquency drops in July

by Alison McAvoy

It’s as easy to pay mortgages on time now as it was 10 years ago in July 2007, this according to CoreLogic’s monthly Loan Performance Insights Report.

4.6 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency in July — a decrease of 0.9 percent from July 2016 and the lowest rate in 10 years.

“Serious delinquency and foreclosure rates continue to drift lower, and are at their lowest levels since the fourth quarter of 2007,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic chief economist.

Steady improvements

Early-stage delinquency rates, representing mortgages that are 30 to 59 days overdue, have fallen 0.3 percent from last year to 2 percent, according to CoreLogic. This type of delinquency is a crucial indicator of how healthy the mortgage market is, as it is within this period that homeowners receive their first warning for overdue loans.

The rate for late-stage delinquencies, mortgages that are 60 to 89 days past due, is the same as last year at 0.7 percent.

The serious delinquency rate, for mortgages 90 days or more overdue, is 1.9 percent, down 0.6 percent from last July.

Despite the nationwide drop in delinquent mortgages, some states still experienced high levels of serious delinquency rates.

“While national-level delinquency rates declined, the serious delinquency rate remained elevated in many mid-Atlantic and northeast states led by New York and New Jersey,” said Frank Martell, CoreLogic president and CEO. New York’s foreclosure rate rose to 2.2 percent in 2017, and Alaska was the only state to witness an uptick in its serious delinquency rate over the past several years.

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