by Bill McBride on 2/29/2012 04:31:00 PM
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Fannie Mae reported that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined in January to 3.90%, down from 3.91% in December. This is down from 4.45% in January 2011. The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 5.59%.
Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate increased to 3.59% in January, up from 3.58% in December. This is the fifth month in a row with a small increase in the delinquency rate. Freddie's rate is down from 3.82% in January 2010. Freddie's serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%.
These are loans that are "three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure".
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The serious delinquency rate has been declining, but declining very slowly. The recent uptrend for Freddie Mac would seem to require an explanation (I have none). The reason for the slow decline is most likely the backlog of homes in the foreclosure process due to processing issues (aka robo-signing), and with the mortgage servicer settlement, I'd expect the delinquency rate to start to decline faster.
The "normal" serious delinquency rate is under 1%, so there is a long way to go.