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Foreclosure Inventory Falls 28 Percent in July 2015

Foreclosure Inventory is 70 Percent Below Peak Level

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

  • The foreclosure inventory fell 27.9 percent year over year in July 2015.
  • The seriously delinquent inventory fell 23.0 percent year over year in July 2015.
  • Only two states and the District of Columbia had year-over-year increases in foreclosure inventory.

CoreLogic reported today that the national foreclosure inventory fell 27.9 percent year over year in July 2015 to approximately 469,000 homes, or 1.2 percent of all homes with a mortgage. This marks 45 consecutive months of year-over-year declines as seen in Figure 1. The number of loans in foreclosure in July 2015 was 70.0 percent below the peak level seen in January 2011. Also in July 2015, the 12-month sum of completed foreclosures decreased 19.3 percent, to 511,000, since July 2014. The seriously delinquent inventory fell to just under 1.3 million loans, a 23.0 percent year-over-year decline.

There were 48 states that posted year-over-year declines in the foreclosure inventory, and 32 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 (-47.0 percent), Idaho (-35.6 percent), Michigan (-35.4 percent), Utah (-35.4 percent) and Maryland (-34.4 percent). Only Massachusetts (+22.5 percent), the District of Columbia (+13.3 percent) and Wyoming (+9.4 percent) experienced year-over-year increases in the foreclosure inventory.

Figure 2 shows that judicial foreclosure states1 continued to have higher foreclosure rates in July 2015 than non-judicial states, averaging 2.1 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. The foreclosure rate for judicial states peaked in February 2012 at 5.4 percent, while non-judicial states peaked at 2.5 percent in January 2011. As of July 2015, 42 percent of outstanding mortgages were in judicial states, but 71 percent of total loans in foreclosure were in those states.

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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