CoreLogic SafeRent Releases Fourth Quarter 2010 Multifamily Applicant Risk Index
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January 25, 2011, Santa Ana, Calif. –
CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, announced today that CoreLogic® SafeRent®, the nation's leading and most innovative provider of screening and risk management services for the multifamily industry, released its fourth quarter 2010 multifamily applicant risk statistics.
The Multifamily Applicant Risk Index (MAR Index) for fourth quarter 2010 is based exclusively on traffic credit quality scores from the CoreLogic SafeRent statistical lease screening model (Registry ScorePLUS®) and is updated quarterly to provide property owners and managers with a benchmark against which to compare their portfolio’s performance. With this unique applicant risk index, property managers and owners are able to compare their applicant credit quality trends with that of the average MAR Index trends. This comparison indicates whether their portfolio is performing above, below or at market levels with respect to attracting and securing applicants with higher credit quality and an increased likelihood of fulfilling their lease obligations.
The fourth quarter national MAR Index, which includes studios, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units (BR), was 98. This is the same value as the first quarter of 2010, which confirms a trend of seeing lower MAR Index values during the slow applicant traffic volume periods of the first and fourth quarters. The MAR Index is down four points in overall national renter credit quality compared to the third quarter of 2010 indicating a riskier applicant pool for this quarter. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2009, the MAR Index is the same with a value of 98 indicating no change in renter credit quality. When comparing applicants for one- versus two-bedroom units, the MAR Index is slightly higher for one-bedroom units at 99, compared with 98 for two-bedroom units in the fourth quarter (see Graph 1).
Regionally, the Northeast continues to have the highest MAR Index with a value of 108 and the South has the lowest MAR Index with a value of 94 (see Table 1).
From a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) perspective, the three MSAs with the leading decreases in the MAR Index were Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.; and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas; with decreases of five, three and two points, respectively. The three MSAs with the leading increases in the MAR Index were San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.; and Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C.-S.C.; with increases of three points (see Table 2).
Understanding the Multifamily Applicant Risk Index (MAR Index)
The MAR Index is published quarterly by CoreLogic SafeRent. It provides trends of national and regional traffic credit quality scores whereby a lower index value indicates an applicant pool with a higher risk of not fulfilling lease obligations. A MAR Index value of 100 indicates that market conditions are equal to the national mean for the index's base period of 2004. A MAR Index value greater than 100 indicates market conditions with reduced average risk of default relative to the index's base period mean. A value less than 100 indicates market conditions with increased average risk of default relative to the index's base period mean. The MAR Index is derived from the statistical screening model from CoreLogic SafeRent, which is the multifamily industry’s only screening model that is both empirically derived and statistically validated. The statistical screening model by CoreLogic SafeRent was developed from historical resident lease performance data to specifically evaluate the potential risk of a resident’s future lease performance. The model generates scores for each applicant indicating the relative risk of the applicant not fulfilling lease obligations. A lower score indicates a more risky applicant.
To receive the MAR Index data for your Metropolitan Statistical Area or if you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About CoreLogic SafeRent
CoreLogic SafeRent is the nation's leading and most innovative provider of screening and risk management services to the multifamily housing industry. CoreLogic SafeRent offers a single source for resident screening services, renters insurance programs, analytics and automated lease and document generation. Landlords and property management companies who manage over 6 million apartment homes, rely on CoreLogic SafeRent every day to assist them in screening residents to meet their community standards and maximize profitability. CoreLogic SafeRent leads the industry in innovations and enhancements designed to make the decision process faster, easier and more accurate. For more information, visit saferent.com.
CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. The company combines public, contributory and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built the largest U.S. real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services. More than one million users rely on CoreLogic to assess risk, support underwriting, investment and marketing decisions, prevent fraud, and improve business performance in their daily operations. Formerly the information solutions group of The First American Corporation, CoreLogic began trading under the ticker CLGX on the NYSE on June 2, 2010. The company, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has more than 10,000 employees globally with 2009 revenues of $2 billion. For more information visit corelogic.com.
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