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Foreclosure Starts, Completions Up Substantially YoY

Black Knight Inc. has released a “first look” the latest iteration of its Mortgage Monitor Report for April 2022, which looks at delinquency and foreclosure rates across the U.S. 

According to Black Knight, the national delinquency rate fell to 2.80% in April, down four basis points in March from 2.84%, hitting a new record low for the second consecutive month. This drop occurred during a month that usually sees the worst mortgage performance of the year. Overall, delinquencies are down nearly 40% year-over-year. 

While the number of borrowers who are a single payment past due increased 7.9% month-over-month, this was offset by strong improvement among borrowers who are three or more payments past due–with volume falling by 8% month-over-month. 

Though serious delinquencies have fallen between 6-12% every month for the last 14 months, volume remains more than 55% above pre-pandemic levels. 

Also, prepayment activity succumbed to the sharp rise in rates, as prepays fell 19.1% from March and 61.8% from a year ago. 

Notable statistics from the report include:  

Total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure): 2.80% 

  • Month-over-month change: -1.31% 
  • Year-over-year change: -39.93%  

Total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 0.32%  

  • Month-over-month change: 2.31%  
  • Year-over-year change: 13.48%  

Total U.S. foreclosure starts: 21,400 

  • Month-over-month change: -11.93% 
  • Year-over-year change: 478.38%  

Monthly prepayment rate (SMM): 0.99%  

  • Month-over-month change: -19.10%  
  • Year-over-year change: -61.80%  

Foreclosure sales as % of 90+: 0.46%  

  • Month-over-month change: 8.58%  
  • Year-over-year change: 228.58%  

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: 1,496,000  

  • Month-over-month change: -17.000
  • Year-over-year change: -1,004,000 

Number of properties that are 90 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: 640,000  

  • Month-over-month change: -54,000
  • Year-over-year change: -1,128,000  

Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory: 173,000 

  • Month-over-month change: 4,000
  • Year-over-year change: 20,000 

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due or in foreclosure: 1,669,000 

  • Month-over-month change: -13,000
  • Year-over-year change: 984,000 

Editor's note: This data is a “first look” and is subject to change. According to Black Knight, the full findings of April’s data will be available in early June.

About Author: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography including best newspaper design by the Associated Press Managing Editors Group and the international iPhone photographer of the year by the iPhone Photography Awards. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at kyle.horst@thefivestar.com.
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