Thursday, May 19, 2011

MBA: Total Delinquencies essentially unchanged in Q1 Seasonally Adjusted

by Bill McBride on 5/19/2011 11:45:00 AM

The MBA reported that 12.84 percent of mortgage loans were either one payment delinquent or in the foreclosure process in Q1 2011 (seasonally adjusted). This is essentially the same as in Q4. There was a significant decline in Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) delinquencies, but that is the usual seasonal pattern.

The following graph shows the percent of loans delinquent by days past due.

MBA Delinquency by Period Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

Loans 30 days delinquent increased to 3.35% from 3.26% in Q4. This is below the average levels of the last 2 years, but still higher than normal.

Delinquent loans in the 60 day bucket were unchanged at 1.35%; this is the lowest since Q2 2008.

There was a slight increase in the 90+ day delinquent bucket. This increased from 3.62% in Q4 to 3.65% in Q1 2011.

The percent of loans in the foreclosure process decreased to 4.52%.

Note: Because of the high level of delinquencies, there are some questions about the accuracy of the seasonal adjustment (similar to Q1 2010 - and also the problems with Case-Shiller House prices).

A couple of comments from MBA chief economist Jay Brinkmann on the conference call:

• "Bulk of problem loans were originated in 2005, 2006, and 2007." The lenders are still working through those loans.

• Brinkmann: "Outlook is good. Market is on the mend."

• Florida has 24% of all loans in the foreclosure process. California is 2nd with 11% (but based on the size of the state that is actually below the national average as the next graph shows).

MBA in Foreclosure by StateThis graph shows the percent of loans in the foreclosure process by state. Blue is for states with a judicial foreclosure process. Because the judicial process is longer, those states have more loan in the process.

Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois are the top four states with loan in the foreclosure process.

Note: the MBA's National Delinquency Survey (NDS) covered "MBA’s National Delinquency Survey covers about 43.7 million first-lien mortgages on one- to four-unit residential properties" and the "The NDS is estimated to cover around 88 percent of the outstanding first-lien mortgages in the market." This gives almost 50 million total first lien mortgages or about 6.4 million delinquent or in foreclosure.

From the MBA: Significant Declines in 90+ Day Delinquencies and Foreclosures in Latest MBA National Delinquency Survey

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 8.32 percent of all loans outstanding as of the end of the first quarter of 2011, an increase of seven basis points from the fourth quarter of 2010, and a decrease of 174 basis points from one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. The non-seasonally adjusted delinquency rate decreased 117 basis points to 7.79 percent this quarter from 8.96 percent last quarter.
The percentage of loans in foreclosure, also known as the foreclosure inventory rate, decreased 12 basis points overall to 4.52.
Note: 8.32% (SA) and 4.52% equals 12.84%.

This data is a little confusing on a national basis because of the seasonal issues - and because of the concentration of problems in Florida and other states. Last year I thought overall delinquencies had peaked (that appears correct), and I think delinquencies will decline further this year as lenders work through the backlog of loans from 2005 through 2007. There was a slight increase in the 30 day delinquency bucket, possibly because of lower house prices - that is something to watch carefully over the next few quarters.

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