Black Knight: 1.55 Million Serious Delinquencies Nag Market

Black Knight, Jacksonville, Fla., said the national delinquency rate hit its lowest level since the onset of the pandemic in June and is now back below its pre-Great Recession average. Despite the improvement, more than 1.5 million homeowners remain 90 or more days past due on their mortgages but who are not in foreclosure, still nearly four times pre-pandemic levels.

Black Knight: Past-Due Loans Continue to Improve

Black Knight, Jacksonville, Fla., said the national delinquency rate rose to 4.73% from 4.66% in April, although the increase was driven largely by the three-day Memorial Day weekend foreshortening available payment windows. Overall, it said past-due loan rates continued to improve.

Housing Market Roundup

Among the many housing reports that came across our desk this week: Genworth Mortgage Insurance said 2020 was the “best year on record” for first-time home buyers; Radian said February home prices accelerated; Black Knight reported mortgage delinquencies rose for the first time in nine months; and Redfin said the home-buying process is becoming a headache for many consumers.