Delinquency Rates Were Lowest in the West

Loan Performance Insights Report Highlights: June 2018

By Molly Boesel Housing Affordability, Mortgage Finance

  • The nation’s overall delinquency rate was 4.3 percent.
  • Overall U.S. mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates lowest for June in 12 years.
  • Colorado had the lowest delinquency rate of any state.

In June 2018, 4.3 percent of home mortgages were in some stage of delinquency, down from 4.6 percent a year earlier and the lowest for the month of June since 2006, when it was 4.2 percent, according to the latest CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Report. The measure, also known as the overall delinquency rate, includes all home loans 30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure. For the month of June, the share of delinquent mortgages was highest in June 2010, at 11.3 percent. During the pre-crisis period (2000 to 2006), the share of delinquent mortgages averaged 4.7 percent.

Current to 30 Day Transition Rate

The foreclosure inventory rate – meaning the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process – was 0.5 percent in June 2018, down from 0.7 percent a year earlier and the lowest level since 2006. The foreclosure rate is now below the average pre-crisis level of 0.6 percent.

The share of mortgages that were 30 to 59 days past due – considered early-stage delinquencies – was 2 percent in June 2018, unchanged from June 2017. The share of mortgages 60 to 89 days past due was 0.6 percent in June 2018, also unchanged from June 2017.

In addition to delinquency rates, CoreLogic tracks the rate at which mortgages transition from one stage of delinquency to the next, such as going from current to 30 days past due. Figure 1 shows that in June the current- to 30-day transition rate remained well below levels during the housing crisis. The June 2018 current- to 30-day rate was 0.9 percent, unchanged from June 2017. The 30- to 60-day transition rate was 15.9 percent in June 2018, unchanged from June 2017, while the 60- to 90-day transition rate was 25.5 percent this June, down from 26.7 percent a year earlier.

States With the Highest and Lowest Rate of Mortgages

Figure 2 shows the states with the highest and lowest share of mortgages 30 days or more delinquent. In June 2018, that rate was highest in Mississippi at 8 percent and lowest in Colorado at 2 percent. Three states showed increases in their 30-plus-day delinquency rate from a year earlier. The rate in Florida increased 0.6 percentage points (from 5.2 percent in June 2017 to 5.8 percent in June 2018), and North Dakota and Texas both saw an increase of 0.1 percentage points.

Percentage of Mortgages at Least 30 Days

Figure 3 shows the 30-plus-day past-due rate for June 2018 for the 10 largest metro areas.[1] Miami had the highest rate at 7.2 percent, increasing from 6.2 percent in June 2017, while San Francisco had the lowest at 1.5 percent. Both Miami and Houston saw significant year-over-year increases in their delinquency rates – both up 1 percentage point from their June 2017 rates.

[1] Metro areas used in this report are the ten most populous Core-Based Statistical Areas.

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