Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Foreclosures: The 2nd Wave

by Calculated Risk on 5/06/2009 04:30:00 PM

From Nick Timiraos at the WSJ: Another Sign of Foreclosure Trouble in California

The homeowner association delinquency rate can serve as a leading indicator of sorts because homeowners usually stop paying dues before they stop paying their mortgage. The 90-day delinquency rate on dues for the 260 homeowner associations in California managed by Merit Property Management jumped to 5.3% in March from 2.8% last June. Delinquencies first spiked to 2.6% in December 2007 from 0.8% in March 2007.

... The rising number of HOA delinquencies and the boost in pre-foreclosure notices could be a harbinger of things to come. “There’s reason to believe in California there may be a second wave of foreclosures,” [Andrew Schlegel, Merit communities financial vice president] says.