May Posted YOY Decline in Mortgage Delinquency

Irvine, CA, August 15, 2018-Nationally, 4.2% of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure) in May 2018, representing a 0.3 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with May 2017, when it was 4.5%, according to CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights Report.

As of May 2018, the foreclosure inventory rate-which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process-was 0.5%, down 0.2 percentage points from  0.7% in May 2017. The May 2018 foreclosure inventory rate was the lowest for any month since September 2006, when it was also 0.5%, and it was the lowest for May since 2006.

The rate for early-stage delinquencies-defined as 30 to 59 days past due-was 1.8% in May 2018, down from 1.9% in May 2017. The share of mortgages that were 60 to 89 days past due in May 2018 was 0.6%, unchanged from May 2017. The serious delinquency rate-defined as 90 days or more past due, including loans in foreclosure-was 1.8% in May 2018, down from 2% in May 2017. The May 2018 serious delinquency rate was the lowest for that month since 2007 when it was 1.6%.

Since early-stage delinquencies can be volatile, CoreLogic also analyzes transition rates. The share of mortgages that transitioned from current to 30 days past due was 0.8% in May 2018, unchanged from 0.8% in May 2017. By comparison, in January 2007, just before the start of the financial crisis, the current- to 30-day transition rate was 1.2%, while it peaked in November 2008 at 2%.

“While the strong economy has nudged serious delinquency rates to their lowest level in 12 years, areas hit by natural disasters have had increases,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The tragic wildfires in the West will likely lead to a spike in delinquencies in hard-hit neighborhoods. As an example, the wildfire in Santa Rosa last year destroyed or severely damaged more than 5,000 homes. Delinquency rates rose in the aftermath, and in the ensuing months we observed home-price growth accelerate and sales decline. We will likely see the same scenario unfold in fire-ravaged communities this year.”

In California, where current delinquency rates are well below the national level, the regions impacted by recent wildfires are becoming more susceptible to mortgages entering some stage of delinquency as the fires continue to burn. According to a recent Carr Fire analysis by CoreLogic, the 2018 season is outpacing 2017 with more than 292,000 acres burned this year thus far. The Carr Fire outside the city of Redding and the French Gulch community presented the greatest risk to homeowners with CoreLogic estimating a total of $3.5 billion potential reconstruction costs in that area.