Tuesday, July 06, 2010

LPS: Mortgage Delinquencies and Foreclosures increase to 12.38% in May

by Bill McBride on 7/06/2010 03:19:00 PM

From Lender Processing Services: LPS' May Mortgage Monitor Report: Increase in Rate of New Delinquencies; Decline in Number of Delinquent Loans Becoming Current

The May Mortgage Monitor report released today by Lender Processing Services, Inc. ... shows a 2.3 percent month-over-month increase in the nation's home loan delinquency rate to 9.2 percent in May 2010, and that early-stage delinquencies are increasing as normal seasonal improvements taper off. This report includes data as of May 31, 2010.

According to the Mortgage Monitor report, the percentage of mortgage loans in default beyond 90 days increased slightly, while both delinquency and foreclosure rates continue to remain relatively stable at historically high levels. There are currently more than 7.3 million loans currently in some stage of delinquency or REO.

The report also shows that the average number of days for a loan to move from 30-days delinquent to foreclosure sale continues to increase, and is now at an all-time high of 449 days, resulting in an increase in "shadow" foreclosure inventory.
LPS shows 9.2% delinquent and another 3.18% in foreclosure for a total of 12.38%. I'm not sure about the days to foreclosure numbers (other sources show fewer), but they have steadily increased. For delinquency rates I usually use the quarterly report from the MBA.

Here is the LPS monthly report. The increase in early stage delinquencies might be seasonal, but it is definitely bad news. And what happens when house prices start falling again later this year as I expect?

For more, from Diana Golobay at HousingWire: National Mortgage Delinquency Rate Swells to 9.2% in May: LPS

And from Diana Olick at CNBC: New Loan Delinquencies on the Rise Again