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Foreclosure Inventory Falls 27 Percent in May 2015

Florida Has the Largest Year-Over-Year Drop in Foreclosure Inventory

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

  • The foreclosure inventory fell 27.4 percent year over year in May 2015 to 491,000 loans.
  • The seriously delinquent inventory fell 22.7 percent year over year in May 2015 to 1.3 million loans.
  • Only three states and the District of Columbia had year-over-year increases in foreclosure inventory.

CoreLogic reported  today that the national foreclosure inventory fell by 27.4 percent year over year in May 2015 to approximately 491,000 homes, or 1.3 percent of all homes with a mortgage. This marks 43 consecutive months of year-over-year declines as seen in Figure 1. Also in May 2015, the 12-month sum of completed foreclosures declined by 18.1 percent, to 528,000, since May 2014. The seriously delinquent inventory fell to 1.3 million loans, a 22.7 percent year-over-year decline.

There were 47 states that posted year-over-year declines in the foreclosure inventory, and 27 of those states had decreases of more than 20 percent. The five states with the largest year-over-year drop in the foreclosure inventory were: Florida (-47 percent), Connecticut (-36.5 percent), Idaho (-35.6 percent), Washington (-35.3 percent) and Illinois (-34.5 percent). Only the District of Columbia (+22.5 percent), Massachusetts (+22.4 percent), Wyoming (+18.2 percent) and South Dakota (+1.1 percent) experienced year-over-year increases in the foreclosure inventory.

Judicial Foreclosure States Continue to Have Higher Foreclosure Rates

Judicial Foreclosure States Continue to Have Higher Foreclosure Rates

Figure 2 shows that judicial foreclosure states1 continued to have higher foreclosure rates in May 2015 than non-judicial states, averaging 2.2 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. The foreclosure rate for judicial states peaked in February 2012 at 5.4 percent, while non-judicial states experienced peak foreclosure rates of 2.5 percent in January 2011. As of May 2015, 42 percent of outstanding mortgages were in judicial states, but 71 percent of total loans in foreclosure were in those states.

[1] In judicial foreclosure states, lenders must provide evidence of delinquency to the courts 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 foreclosure states have longer foreclosure timelines, thus affecting foreclosure statistics.

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