by Bill McBride on 9/28/2012 05:01:00 PM
Friday, September 28, 2012
Fannie Mae reported that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined in August to 3.44% from 3.50% July. The serious delinquency rate is down from 4.03% in August last year, and this is the lowest level since April 2009.
The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 5.59%.
Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate declined in August to 3.36%, from 3.42% in July. Freddie's rate is down from 3.49% in August 2011. Freddie's serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%. This is the lowest level for Freddie since August 2009.
These are loans that are "three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure".
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In 2009, Fannie's serious delinquency rate increased faster than Freddie's rate. Since then, Fannie's rate has been falling faster - and now the rates are at about the same level.
Although this indicates some progress, the "normal" serious delinquency rate is under 1% - and it looks like it will be several years until the rates back to normal.