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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mortgage Defaults Spreading to Higher Priced Areas

by Calculated Risk on 4/15/2009 05:46:00 PM

From Zach Fox at the North County Times: Mortgage defaults hit new high, spread to upscale neighborhoods

Mortgage delinquencies hit a new high in March ... according to a report released Tuesday.

The report also showed that notices of default, the first step in the foreclosure process, have spiked in the region's tonier neighborhoods ---- places that, until now, have avoided the mass foreclosures elsewhere ---- while appearing to have reached a plateau in lower-end regions, which have already been hammered.

In fact, areas such as Valley Center and Rancho Bernardo shot up to be among the leaders in North County for most foreclosure notices per 1,000 houses.
Default notices shot to new highs in areas of Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos. On the other hand, notices in foreclosure-prone neighborhoods such as Oceanside and Escondido were below peaks reached earlier.

In fact, one region of Rancho Bernardo saw more default notices in March per 1,000 homes than Oceanside's 92057 ZIP code ---- the most foreclosure-prone neighborhood in North County over the last two years.
Defaults: Movin' on up!