CoreLogic Reports 39,000 Completed Foreclosures in December 2014
February 10, 2015, Irvine, Calif. –
—12-month sum at lowest point since November 2007—
CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, today released its December National Foreclosure Report which shows there were 39,000 completed foreclosures nationwide in December 2014, down from 46,000 in December 2013. This represents a year-over-year decrease of 13.7 percent and a decrease of 66 percent from the peak of completed foreclosures in September 2010. The 12-month sum of completed foreclosures for 2014, at 563,294, is at its lowest point since November 2007 when it was 589,570 and has declined every month for the past 34 consecutive months. On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures were down 4.9 percent from the 41,000* reported in November 2014. As a basis of comparison, before the decline in the housing market in 2007, completed foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month nationwide between 2000 and 2006.
Completed foreclosures are an indication of the total number of homes actually lost to foreclosure. Since the financial crisis began in September 2008, there have been approximately 5.5 million completed foreclosures across the country, and since homeownership rates peaked in the second quarter of 2004, there have been approximately 7 million homes lost to foreclosure.
As of December 2014, approximately 552,000 homes were in some stage of foreclosure, known as the foreclosure inventory, compared to 840,000 in December 2013, a year-over-year decrease of 34.3 percent and representing 38 consecutive months of year-over-year declines. The foreclosure inventory as of December 2014 made up 1.4 percent of all homes with a mortgage, compared to 2.1 percent in December 2013. On a month-over-month basis, the foreclosure inventory was down 2.9 percent from November 2014. The current foreclosure rate of 1.4 percent is back to March 2008 levels.
“In 2014, the annual sum of completed foreclosures declined 15 percent from the 662,000 reported in 2013," said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic. “Completed foreclosures last year were less than half the 1.2 million peak in 2010, but remain twice the level of normal activity over 10 years ago.”
“The steady decline in the number of completed foreclosures is a good sign of healing in the U.S. housing market,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Nonetheless, there remain many pockets of the country with very high foreclosure inventories, underscoring the unevenness of the nation’s housing recovery.”
Highlights as of December 2014:
- All states posted double-digit year-over-year declines in foreclosure inventory with the exception of West Virginia, which experienced a 9.5 percent decrease. The District of Columbia experienced a 21.7 percent increase.
- Thirty-three states showed declines in year-over-year foreclosure inventory of greater than 30 percent, with the largest declines in Utah (-48.8 percent) and Florida (-48.6 percent).
- The national serious delinquency rate, defined as 90 days or more past due, was 4.1 percent in December 2014, the lowest rate since June 2008. The level of serious delinquencies in December was 21.6 percent lower than in December 2013.
- The five states with the highest number of completed foreclosures for the 12 months ending in December 2014 were Florida (118,000), Michigan (49,000), Texas (35,000), California (29,000) and Ohio (28,000). These five states accounted for almost half of all completed foreclosures nationally.
- Four states and the District of Columbia experienced the lowest number of completed foreclosures for the 12 months ending in December 2014: South Dakota (40), the District of Columbia (61), North Dakota (327), West Virginia (500) and Wyoming (551).
- Four states and the District of Columbia experienced the highest foreclosure inventory as a percentage of all mortgaged homes: New Jersey (5.2 percent), New York (4.0 percent), Florida (3.7 percent), Hawaii (2.7 percent) and the District of Columbia (2.4 percent).
- The five states with the lowest foreclosure inventory as a percentage of all mortgaged homes were Alaska (0.3 percent), Nebraska (0.4 percent), North Dakota (0.4 percent), Arizona (0.5 percent) and Montana (0.5 percent).
*November data was revised. Revisions are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates newly released data to provide updated results.
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CoreLogic Foreclosure Report December 2014
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The data in this report represents foreclosure activity reported through December 2014.
This report separates state data into judicial versus non-judicial foreclosure state categories. In judicial foreclosure states, lenders must provide evidence to the courts of delinquency in order to move a borrower into foreclosure. In non-judicial foreclosure states, lenders can issue notices of default directly to the borrower without court intervention. This is an important distinction since judicial states, as a rule, have longer foreclosure timelines, thus affecting foreclosure statistics.
A completed foreclosure occurs when a property is auctioned and results in the purchase of the home at auction by either a third party, such as an investor, or by the lender. If the home is purchased by the lender, it is moved into the lender’s real estate owned (REO) inventory. In “foreclosure by advertisement” states, a redemption period begins after the auction and runs for a statutory period, e.g., six months. During that period, the borrower may regain the foreclosed home by paying all amounts due as calculated under the statute. For purposes of this Foreclosure Report, because so few homes are actually redeemed following an auction, it is assumed that the foreclosure process ends in “foreclosure by advertisement” states at the completion of the auction.
The foreclosure inventory represents the number and share of mortgaged homes that have been placed into the process of foreclosure by the mortgage servicer. Mortgage servicers start the foreclosure process when the mortgage reaches a specific level of serious delinquency as dictated by the investor for the mortgage loan. Once a foreclosure is “started,” and absent the borrower paying all amounts necessary to halt the foreclosure, the home remains in foreclosure until the completed foreclosure results in the sale to a third party at auction or the home enters the lender’s REO inventory. The data in this report accounts for only first liens against a property and does not include secondary liens. The foreclosure inventory is measured only against homes that have an outstanding mortgage. Homes with no mortgage liens can never be in foreclosure and are, therefore, excluded from the analysis. Approximately one-third of homes nationally are owned outright and do not have a mortgage. CoreLogic has approximately 85 percent coverage of U.S. foreclosure data.
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