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Black Knight: "Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Yet Another Record Low in April"


by Calculated Risk on 5/20/2022 08:00:00 AM

From Black Knight: Black Knight’s First Look: Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Yet Another Record Low in April, Driven by Continued Improvement Among Seriously Past-Due Loans

o The national delinquency rate fell to 2.80% in April, down four basis points from March, hitting a new record low for the second consecutive month

o Overall delinquencies are down nearly 40% from last year as the mortgage market continues to recover from pandemic-related impacts

o The number of borrowers who are a single payment past due increased 7.9% month-over-month, following typical seasonal patterns

o This was offset by strong improvement among borrowers who are three or more payments past due – with volumes falling by 8% month-over-month

o Though such serious delinquencies have fallen between 6%-12% in each of the past 14 months, volumes remain more than 55% above pre-pandemic levels

o Despite still-elevated serious delinquency levels, foreclosure starts dropped nearly 12% from March and are holding well below pre-pandemic levels – though active foreclosures edged slightly higher

o Prepayment activity fell by 19.1% from March and 61.8% from a year ago as interest rates continued their sharp ascent in April

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According to Black Knight’s First Look report, the percent of loans delinquent decreased 1.3% in April compared to March and decreased 40% year-over-year.

The percent of loans in the foreclosure process increased 2.3% in April and were up 13.5% over the last year. (First year-over-year increase in almost 10 years – but from very low levels)

Black Knight reported the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) was 2.80% in April, down from 2.84% in March.

The percent of loans in the foreclosure process increased in April to 0.32%, from 0.32% in March.

The number of delinquent properties, but not in foreclosure, is down 1,004,000 properties year-over-year, and the number of properties in the foreclosure process is up 20,000 properties year-over-year.

Black Knight: Percent Loans Delinquent and in Foreclosure ProcessApr
2020Delinquent2.80%2.84%4.66%6.45%In Foreclosure0.32%0.32%0.29%0.40%Number of properties:Number of properties
that are delinquent,
but not in foreclosure:1,496,0001,513,0002,500,0003,400,000Number of properties
in foreclosure
pre-sale inventory:173,000169,000153,000211,000Total Properties1,669,0001,682,0002,653,0003,611,000

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