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As mortgage delinquencies drop, foreclosure inventories rise

State of foreclosures

Mortgage delinquencies are down nearly a third from their peak in January 2010, according to the latest Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS) October Mortgage Monitor report which reveals a steady decline in overall delinquency. The total loan delinquency rate in America is currently at 7.93 percent, dropping a full 2 percent from September.

Meanwhile, foreclosure pre-sale inventories have hit a historic high of 4.3 percent of all active mortgages, rising 2.5 percent in October.
The average days delinquent for loans in foreclosure rose to a record 631 days and the average days delinquent for over 90 days fell for a second consecutive month.

Judicial vs. non-judicial

According to LPS, “Judicial versus non-judicial foreclosure processes remain a significant factor in the reduction of foreclosure pipelines from state to state, with non-judicial foreclosure inventory percentages less than half that of judicial states. This is largely a result of the fact that foreclosure sale rates in non-judicial states have been proceeding at four to five times that of judicial. Non-judicial foreclosure states made up the entirety of the top 10 states with the largest year-over-year decline in non-current loans percentages.”

Mortgage originations up

This month’s report also revealed that mortgage originations rose to levels not seen since mid-2010. Mortgage pre-payments have also spiked, according to LPS, as much of the new origination is refinance mortgages of loans mostly originated in 2009 or later.

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Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois had the highest percentage of delinquent loans while North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana had the lowest delinquency rates.

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