CoreLogic: Historic Low for Delinquencies in August

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CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif., found in its Loan Performance Insights Report for August that the overall mortgage delinquency rate was at 2.6%, a historic low.

That compares with 2.8% in August 2022 and 2.7% in July 2023.

“U.S. mortgage performance remained strong in August, supported by a robust job market and a healthy economy,” said Molly Boesel, principal economist at CoreLogic. “However, this thriving job market comes at a time when interest rates are quickly rising, which is keeping many potential homebuyers from being able to secure a mortgage.”

In terms of stages of delinquency:

• Early stage delinquencies (defined as 30-59 days past due) were 1.3%, up from 1.2% in August 2022.
• Adverse delinquencies (defined as 60-89 days past due) were 0.4%, up from 0.3% in August 2022.
• Serious delinquencies (defined as 90 or more days past due) were 0.9%, down from 1.2% in August 2022. That’s also the lowest rate since January 1999.
• The foreclosure inventory rate was 0.3%, the same as August 2022.
• The transition rate (defined as the share of mortgages that transitioned from current to 30 days past due) was 0.6%, the same as August 2022.

Idaho and Utah were the only states to post annual increases in their overall delinquency rates; both were up by 0.1 percentage point. Arizona, Florida, Indiana and Oregon were unchanged, and the remaining states saw declining rates.

The metros with the largest increases in year-over-year delinquency rates were Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., at a 0.6 percentage point increase, and Kokomo, Ind., and Punta Gorda, Fla., both up by 0.5 percentage point. Forty-eight other metro areas posted increases.

Metro areas with increases in serious delinquency rates were Punta Gorda, Fla., up by 0.5 percentage point; Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Fla., up by 0.4 percentage point; and Cheyenne, Wyo., up by 0.1 percentage point.