it comes to foreclosures, there is no such thing as a "safe state".
Even states that did not engage in widespread use of liar loans and other
silly mortgage lending practices are struggling with foreclosures. The issue
is jobs, and unemployment is rising everywhere.
Please consider Foreclosure Woes
Spread To Areas Once Thought Safe.
record levels of home foreclosures nationwide, there are worrying signs that
the foreclosure crisis could be spreading to parts of the country that had
previously been relatively unscathed.
Last month, for example, RealtyTrac, a private firm that tracks foreclosure
data, recorded sharp spikes in foreclosures in states like Idaho, Oregon,
Utah, and Illinois, where the prolonged recession is cited as the culprit.
"It surprised us when we went from a state with a low level of subprime
lending to a state with a high level of foreclosures," says Gerry
Mildner, the director of the Center for Real Estate at Portland State
University. "Most of our problems have to do with unemployment rather than
with toxic loans.
RealtyTrac's Sharga points to several other states that have seen alarming
jumps in unemployment, including Kentucky, Alabama and North and South
"We won't know what the impact of these rises in unemployment will be
until a year from now," says Sam Khater, a senior economist with First
American CoreLogic, a private real estate data firm.
What worries Khater more are states where sharply rising unemployment is
coupled with many homeowners who already owe more than their houses are
worth. He points to states like Ohio, Georgia and Illinois. Home prices in
Illinois, for example, fell 14.8 percent in June compared with a year
earlier. "Their price decline has been accelerating," he says.
The actual foreclosure rates are hard to predict in part because a number of
state governments, along with federal government-sponsored Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, have instituted a range of delays and moratoriums on
"The government has a pretty big chokehold
on the foreclosure process," says Madeline Schnapp, the director of
macroeconomic research at TrimTabs Investment Research. But that also means
that there is a hidden backlog of home loans in default that could end up in
Moody's Economy.com estimates that lenders will foreclose on 1.89 million
homes in 2009, up from 1.43 million last year.
Sharga says "We don't see much improvement until 2011." With that,
mainsteam thought is staring to approach the 2102 possible bottom I suggested
two years ago. At the time, no one thought home prices would fall for this
long. Perhaps I will turn out to be an optimist.
TransUnion: Mortgage Delinquencies Still Rising
Delinquencies are a leading indicator of foreclosures and Mortgage
delinquency rates are still rising.
released the results of its analysis of trends in the mortgage industry for
the second quarter of 2009 and the associated impact on the U.S. consumer.
The report showed that mortgage loan delinquency (the ratio of borrowers 60
or more days past due) increased for the tenth straight quarter, hitting an
all-time national average high of 5.81 percent for the second quarter of
2009, an 11.3 percent increase from the first quarter rate. This is an
indication we still have a ways to go before we see the foreclosure rate
return to something more normal.
TransUnion’s forecasts indicate the 2009 mortgage delinquency rates
continuing to climb at a slower pace, reaching less than 7 percent by year
end. However, due to a continued downward trend in housing prices throughout
the year as well as high unemployment levels, TransUnion
does not see national delinquency rates beginning to fall until the first
half of 2010.
Survey: Delinquencies Continue To Climb
The latest MBA National Delinquency Survey also shows Delinquencies Continue to Climb.
delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential
properties rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 9.24 percent of all loans
outstanding as of the end of the second quarter of 2009, up 12 basis points
from the first quarter of 2009, and up 283 basis points from one year ago,
according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National
The delinquency rate includes loans that are at least one payment past due
but does not include loans somewhere in the process of foreclosure. The
percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the second
quarter was 4.30 percent, an increase of 45 basis points from the first
quarter of 2009 and 155 basis points from one year ago. The combined percentage of loans in foreclosure and at
least one payment past due was 13.16 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted
basis, the highest ever recorded in the MBA delinquency survey.
The seasonally adjusted delinquency rate increased 35 basis points for prime
loans (from 6.06 percent to 6.41 percent), 40 basis points for subprime loans
(from 24.95 percent to 25.35 percent), and 58 basis points for FHA loans
(from 13.84 percent to 14.42 percent), but decreased 15 basis points for VA
loans (from 8.21 percent to 8.06 percent).
Worst State In Nation
Florida wins the dubious honor of being the worst state in the nation. A
massive Twenty-three percent of home loans in Florida are past due or in
foreclosure in the second quarter of this year. For more details please see Florida foreclosures on rise.
home prices fell and the job picture worsened, the percentage of Florida home
loans either past due or in foreclosure hit 23 percent in the second quarter,
outpacing any other state in the nation.
The figure represents 807,000 loans, a staggering sum of the roughly 3.5
million mortgages outstanding in Florida.
"Florida deserves special mention as the worst state in the
country," said Jay Brinkmann, chief economist of the Mortgage Bankers
Association that released the numbers Thursday. "Nevada is a close
second, but everyone else is far behind."
Delinquencies and Foreclosures by State
Calculated Risk has an excellent chart showing state by state totals in his
post MBA Forecasts
Foreclosures to Peak at End of 2010.
Annotations in hot pink are mine.
click on chart for sharper image
Pent-Up Foreclosure Demand
The area in pink represents potential foreclosure demand. Not all of that
area will be foreclosed, but some of it sure will. The "Hidden
Backlog" mentioned above (and highlighted in red) is within that
One thing missing from the chart is pent-up demand from those who are not
delinquent yet have a huge incentive to walk because of massive negative
For a look at "negative equity", moratoriums, and other foreclosure
issues please see Brace for a Wave of
Foreclosures, the Dam is About to Break.
TransUnion thinks national delinquency rates will begin to fall in the first
half of 2010. I doubt it. Delinquencies and unemployment go hand in hand and
unemployment rate is both high and rising discounting the ridiculous drop in
the participation rate last month (See Jobs Contract 19th
Straight Month; Unemployment Rate Inches Lower to 9.4% for
Moreover the unemployment rate is likely to keep rising for at least
another year after the official end of the recession. Many hoping to
hang on will get wiped out at the very bottom. That unfortunately is the way it
has to be.