by Bill McBride on 3/30/2012 06:33:00 PM
Friday, March 30, 2012
Fannie Mae reported that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined in February to 3.82%, down from 3.90% in January. This is down from 4.44% in February 2011. The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 5.59%.
Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate declined to 3.57% in February, down from 3.59% in January. Freddie's rate is down from 3.82% in Feburary 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 sideways move for Freddie Mac would still hasn't been explained. With the mortgage servicer settlement, I'd expect the delinquency rate to start to decline faster over the next year.
The "normal" serious delinquency rate is under 1%, so there is a long way to go.