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Black Knight: Mortgage Delinquency Rate Increased in December; Prepayments at Record Low

by Calculated Risk on 1/25/2023 12:20:00 PM

From Black Knight: Black Knight’s First Look: Mortgage Delinquencies Closed 2022 Down 9% for the Year, While Prepayments Hit Third Consecutive Record Low

o The national delinquency rate inched up 7 basis points in the month to 3.08%, but finished the year 30 basis points (-9%) below its December 2021 level

o Prepayment activity fell to 0.39% – with single month mortality (SMM) hitting its third consecutive record low dating back to 2000 when Black Knight began reporting the metric

o Serious delinquencies (90+ days past due) continued to improve nationally despite an 8.7K rise in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian, with 44 other states seeing seriously past-due volumes decline in the month

o Borrowers 30 days late increased by 40K, up 4.8%, while 60-day delinquencies stayed flat

o Foreclosure starts increased by 15% in the month to 26,900 – the third consecutive increase, but still 30% below pre-pandemic levels

o Foreclosure was started on 4.9% of serious delinquencies in December, up from November, but still 46% below the start rate seen in December 2019 prior to the pandemic

o Active foreclosure inventory rose by 2.3% in the month, though volumes remained subdued throughout 2022 after the record lows of 2021 due to widespread moratoriums and forbearance protections
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According to Black Knight’s First Look report, the percent of loans delinquent increased 2.3% in December compared to November and decreased 9% year-over-year.

Black Knight reported the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) was 3.08% in December, up from 3.01% in November.

The percent of loans in the foreclosure process increased slightly in December to 0.37%, from 0.37% in November.
The number of delinquent properties, but not in foreclosure, is down 146,000 properties year-over-year, and the number of properties in the foreclosure process is up 70,000 properties year-over-year.Black Knight: Percent Loans Delinquent and in Foreclosure ProcessDec
2022Nov
2022Dec
2021Dec
2020Delinquent3.08%3.01%3.38%6.08%In Foreclosure0.37%0.37%0.24%0.33%Number of properties:Number of propertiesthat are delinquent,but not in foreclosure:1,653,0001,612,0001,799,0003,251,000Number of propertiesin foreclosurepre-sale inventory:198,000196,000128,000178,000Total Properties1,850,0001,808,0001,927,0003,429,000

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