Posts Tagged ‘collection’

Foreclosure Activity Hits Post-Recession Low in April

Posted on June 08, 2017 by Laura Lam

ATTOM Data Solutions released its April 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market data, which shows foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – were reported on 77,049 U.S. properties in April, down 7% from the previous month and down 23% from a year ago to the lowest level since November 2005. “Foreclosure activity continued to search for a new post-recession floor in April thanks in large part to the above-par performance of mortgages originated in the past 7 years,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “Meanwhile we are seeing an elevated share of repeat foreclosures…

Foreclosure Process Can Take 5 Years in Some States

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

A decade ago, a home in Connecticut could be sold to another party about 12 months after a borrower stopped paying a mortgage.  These days, it’s more like 5 years.  The national average for liquidation timelines in 2016 reached 48 months. In many Northeastern states, including Connecticut, that timeline reached or surpassed the 55-month mark last year, according to data from Fitch Ratings. Sean Nelson, a senior director at Fitch Ratings, said the increase began as a direct result of the mortgage crisis. Loan servicers were not used to dealing with thousands of delinquent borrowers at one time which created…

Over 40% Students Don’t Make School Loan Payments

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Laura Lam

More than 40% of Americans who borrowed from the government’s main student-loan program aren’t making payments or are behind on more than $200 billion owed, raising worries that millions of them may never repay.  The new figures represent the fallout of a decade-long borrowing boom as record numbers of students enrolled in trade schools, universities and graduate schools. While most have since left school and joined the workforce, 43% of the roughly 22 million Americans with federal student loans weren’t making payments as of Jan. 1, according to a quarterly snapshot of the Education Department’s $1.2 trillion student-loan portfolio. About 1…

Consumer Defaults Predicted to Rise in 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Laura Lam

About 17% of all U.S. consumers are likely to default on a loan payment over the next year, according to a recent report from UBS. More interesting, perhaps, is who these defaulters are.  The UBS Evidence Lab reports that the group’s profile is “middle and upper income, younger, male, urban, and concentrated in the coastal regions.” The UBS researchers also found evidence that defaults on auto loans are likely to spread to more non-prime defaults on credit cards and personal loans. About 16% of all auto loans outstanding are subprime, amounting to $179 billion out of total auto loans of…

Student Loan Debt May Have Adverse Long-Term Impact

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

Rising student loan debt in the United States could ultimately hurt overall home ownership and consumer spending and erode colleges’ and universities’ ability to elevate lower-income students.  New York Fed President William Dudley, an influential monetary policymaker who was citing research from his institution, pointed to rising costs of higher education and student debt burdens as culprits in the troubling trend. Overall U.S. household debt is expected to surpass its pre-recession high later this year. Proportionally, Americans have shifted away from housing-related debt and toward auto and student loan debt, with aggregate student loan balances $1.3 trillion at the end of last year, up…

Foreclosure Activity Hits 11-Year Low

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Laura Lam

Foreclosure activity dropped in February to an 11-year low, according to new data from ATTOM Data Solutions.  This decrease marks the lowest point since November 2005, and the 17th consecutive month of annual decreases.  But despite this drop, 10 states still saw an increase in foreclosure activity. States that saw the largest increases include New Jersey with an increase of 16%, Delaware with 14%, Louisiana with 12%, Alabama with 10% and Hawaii with 8%.  Some cities also saw strong increases, contrary to the national trend. Houston, Texas, for example, increased 97% from an abnormally low February 2016. Other cities such as…

Justice Department Declares CFPB ‘Unconstitutional’

Posted on March 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

The case of of PHH Corporation vs. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just took a turn that is simultaneously shocking and completely expected at the same time.  In a major reversal, the Justice Department filed a brief last Friday in a lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing that the consumer watchdog agency’s structure is unconstitutional.  In the lawsuit, PHH argues that the CFPB’s structure gives it too much power. In its brief, the Justice Department argued that the president should be able to remove the CFPB director at will. Currently the head of the CFPB can only be removed in cases of “inefficiency, neglect of duty…

Are Automakers Creating the Next Financial Crisis?

Posted on March 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

The country’s auto debt hit a record in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, when a rush of year-end car shopping pushed vehicle loans to a dubious peak of $1.16 trillion. The combination of new car smell and new credit woes stretches from Subarus in Maine to Teslas in San Francisco.  It’s an alarming number, big enough to incite talk of a bubble. On average, every licensed driver in the U.S, owes about $6,100 in car payments. But the market for cars is a lot different than that for houses. Vehicles are a more fluid asset…

Mortgage Delinquencies On the Rise

Posted on March 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

Despite a rise in the mortgage delinquency rate in the fourth quarter of 2016, the slight uptick follows a record-low third-quarter report, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s national delinquency survey.  The report stated the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.80% of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016. This is up 28 basis points from the previous quarter and is 3 basis points higher than one year ago. Meanwhile, the foreclosure starts rate decreased 2 basis points, falling to its lowest level since 1988….

Most Americans Ruin Their Credit by Age 30

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

A whopping 68% of Americans make at least one major financial mistake, or “credit fumble,” before turning 30, leading to a negative mark on their credit report, according to a Credit Karma survey.  These mistakes include overspending on credit cards, missing payments, defaulting on a loan or having an account sent into collections, the survey found. The greater the offense, the longer it will reflect on your credit report, said Bethy Hardeman, chief consumer advocate at Credit Karma. In fact, it usually takes consumers 7 to 10 years to erase negative marks from their credit, thanks to the Fair Credit…