Posts Tagged ‘foreclosure’

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…

Household Debt Hits New Record

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

Household debt is topping its 2008 peak prior to the housing crash. Total household debt has risen to $12.73 trillion in the first quarter, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported last week. However, Americans are handling their debt—mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, and other forms of borrowing – much better, the report shows.  Americans were delinquent on 4.8% of total debt in the first quarter. For comparison, at the end of 2009, 11.9% of consumers were delinquent on their debt by at least 30 days. The increase in household debt may indicate that more Americans are confident about…

Millions of Homes Still ‘Seriously Underwater’

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

Since the housing recovery began a few years ago, millions of homeowners have gotten their heads back above water due to rising home prices.  That said, there are still millions who are still underwater. In its latest report, ATTOM Data Solutions found nearly 5.5 million homes in the “seriously underwater” category at the end of the first quarter. Homes in that grouping have mortgages that are at least 25% more than the homes’ current value.  The report says the number of homes seriously underwater actually rose from the number at the end of the fourth quarter, suggesting a worsening of…

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…

Foreclosures Continue Descent but Some Cities Still Struggle

Posted on May 03, 2017 by Laura Lam

ATTOM Data Solutions recently released its Q1 and March 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows first quarter foreclosure activity was below pre-recession levels nationwide and in 102 out of 216 metropolitan statistical areas (47%). Nationwide the report shows foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – were reported on 234,508 U.S. properties in the first quarter of 2017, down 11% from the previous quarter and down 19% from a year ago to the lowest level since Q3 2006. The first-quarter foreclosure activity total was 16% below the pre-recession average of 278,912 properties with foreclosure filings each quarter…

The Housing Crisis: 10 Years Later

Posted on April 03, 2017 by Laura Lam

CoreLogic recently released a report entitled, United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later, in which they examined the years leading up to the crisis all the way through to present day. In 2010, at the peak of the Great Recession, nearly 1.2 million U.S. homes went through completed foreclosures, nearly 5 times as many as in 2000 and about double the number of completed foreclosures in 2007, the year the housing crisis really took off. Many economists mark the beginning of the foreclosure crisis with the collapse of two Bear Stearns subprime funds in June 2007, with the crisis deepening as a…

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…

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….

Flipping Out: House Flips Reach Highest Level Since 2006

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Laura Lam

A tactic that helped define the height of homebuying madness in the U.S. in the years before the market collapsed is rearing its head again.  Home flippers, who buy homes as a speculative bet on short-term price appreciation, accounted for 6.1% of U.S. home sales in 2016, according to Trulia, which defines a flip as a property sold twice in a 12-month period in arm’s-length transactions. That’s the highest share since 2006, when flips accounted for 7.3% of sales. Flipping has made a strong comeback in cities that were battered by the foreclosure crisis. That includes Las Vegas, where 10.5%…

CMBS Delinquency Rate at Highest Level Since Dec. ’15

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Laura Lam

The Trepp CMBS Delinquency Rate continued to climb in November. The rate began to rise in March as loans from the 2006 and 2007 vintages started to reach their maturity dates, which has caused the reading to move higher in 8 of the last 9 months. The delinquency rate for US commercial real estate loans in CMBS is now 5.03%, an increase of 5 basis points from October. The rate is now only 10 basis points lower than the year-ago level. At one point this year, the rate was showing a year-over-year improvement of 143 basis points. The delinquency reading…