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Thursday, May 28, 2009

MBA: Mortgage Delinquencies, Foreclosures Hit Records

by Calculated Risk on 5/28/2009 10:21:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Mortgage Delinquencies, Foreclosures Hit Records on Job Cuts

... The U.S. delinquency rate jumped to a seasonally adjusted 9.12 percent and the share of loans entering foreclosure rose to 1.37 percent, the Mortgage Bankers Association said today. Both figures are the highest in records going back to 1972.
The inventory of new and old defaults rose to 3.85 percent, the MBA in Washington said. Prime fixed-rate mortgages given to the most creditworthy borrowers accounted for the biggest share of new foreclosures at 29 percent, and prime adjustable-rate mortgages were 24 percent, Brinkmann said. It shows the mortgage problem has shifted from a subprime issue to a job-loss problem, he said.
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We're all subprime now!

UPDATE: From MarketWatch: Foreclosures break another record in first quarter
Total foreclosure inventory was also up, with 3.85% of all mortgages somewhere in the foreclosure process at the end of the first quarter, compared with 3.3% in the fourth quarter -- also a record jump.
While subprime, option ARM and Alt-A loans were a focus of the foreclosure problem initially, the foreclosure rate on prime fixed-rate loans has doubled in the last year.

"For the first time since the rapid growth of subprime lending, prime fixed-rate loans now represent the largest share of new foreclosures," Brinkmann said -- evidence, he added, of the impact that the recession and drops in employment are having on the foreclosure numbers.
Note: I haven't seen a copy of the MBA report yet.