Tuesday, April 20, 2010

DataQuick: California Notice of Default Filings Decline in Q1

by Calculated Risk on 4/20/2010 02:06:00 PM

DataQuick NODs
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This graph shows the Notices of Default (NOD) by year through 2009, and for Q1 2010, in California from DataQuick.

Although the pace of filings has slowed, it is still very high by historical standards.

From Alejandro Lazo at the LA Times: California foreclosures drop 4.2% as lenders work with troubled borrowers

Across California, a total of 81,054 homes received a notice of default in the first quarter compared with 84,568 in the fourth quarter of 2009 and a record 135,431 in the first quarter of 2009.
In terms of new NOD filings, the peak was probably in 2009. A few key points:

  • There are a record number of homes in the foreclosure process and the timeline from the filing of the initial NOD to REO has been extended significantly. There are so many homes in the pipeline the number of distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) will probably increase sharply throughout 2010 - even if NODs decline.

  • Many of these NODs are probably in mid-to-high end areas (as opposed to the flood of low end foreclosures in 2008). As I've been noting for over a year, prices have probably bottomed in some low end areas, but we will probably see further price declines in many mid-to-high end areas.

  • Although NODs will probably decline in 2010, the number will still be very high. The number of filings in Q1 alone would be a normal year.