The national mortgage delinquency rate increased nearly 2% in July, but remained just above the record low set in May, according to a new report.
Black Knight Inc. today released its First Look at July’s mortgage performance data, finding that the mortgage delinquency rate increased to 2.89%, up 1.98% from June, driven in part by a 4% increase in early-stage delinquencies.
Despite the increase, the rate remains just 14 basis points higher than the record low set in May. Delinquencies are still down more than 30% from this time last year
Serious delinquencies — loans 90 or more days past due, but not yet in active foreclosure — totaled 594,000 in July, a decline of 5,000 or 0.84%, after worsening in June for the first time in 22 months.
The number of seriously delinquent loans curing to current has fallen steadily over recent months, Black Knight said, from 104,000 in March to 58,000 in July, indicating that the easiest workouts have likely been completed.
Foreclosure starts also fell 25% from June to a total of 17,700 — 55% below pre-pandemic levels for the month of July, and equal to just 3% of 90+ day past-due loans, the company said.
Though still up from the record lows that resulted from widespread moratoriums and forbearance protections last year, the number of loans in active foreclosure declined by 6,000 in July to 184,000, Black Knight said.
Black Knight said prepayment activity also continued to trend downward in the higher mortgage rate environment. Prepays dropped 18% in July and are now down 67% from this time last year, it said.
Mississippi led all states with the highest percentage of non-current loans, at 6.44%. It was followed by Louisiana (5.75%), Oklahoma (4.89%), Alabama (4.88%), and West Virginia (4.74%).