LPS released their First Look report for September today. LPS reported that the percent of loans delinquent increased in September compared to August, but declined about 4% year-over-year. On the other hand, the percent of loans in the foreclosure process declined sharply in September to the lowest level in almost 2 years.
LPS reported the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) increased to 7.40% from 6.87% in August. The percent of loans in the foreclosure process declined to 3.87% from 4.04% in August. Note: the normal rate for delinquencies is around 4.5% to 5%.
LPS is looking into the reasons for the increase in the delinquency rate, and will probably provide a discussion in the Mortgage Monitor that will be released in early November. Looking at the table below – that shows the LPS numbers for September 2012, and also for last month (August 2012) and one year ago (September 2011) – most of the increase in delinquencies was in the short term category. The number of serious delinquent properties (90+ days and in-foreclosure) declined 70 thousand from August.
The number of delinquent properties, but not in foreclosure, is down about 7% year-over-year (280,000 fewer properties delinquent), and the number of properties in the foreclosure process is down 9% or 190,000 year-over-year.
The percent (and number) of loans 90+ days delinquent and in the foreclosure process is still very high.
|LPS: Percent Loans Delinquent and in Foreclosure Process|
|Sept 2012||August 2012||Sept 2011|
|Number of properties:|
|Number of properties that are 30 or more, and less than 90 days past due, but not in foreclosure:||2,170,000||1,910,000||2,250,000|
|Number of properties that are 90 or more days delinquent, but not in foreclosure:||1,530,000||1,520,000||1,730,000|
|Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory:||1,940,000||2,020,000||2,130,000|