Survey: 90% Mortgage Servicers Expect Foreclosures to Increase through Next Year, Irvine, Calif., said its annual Seller Insights Report found nine in 10 mortgage servicers disposing of distressed properties on the platform expect their foreclosure auction volume to increase in the next 12 months.

Seventy-four percent said they expect a slight increase, while 15 percent expect a substantial increase.

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“Now that most pandemic-era foreclosure protections have expired or are winding down, it’s clear that the pro-active response to the pandemic by policymakers and mortgage servicers helped to avoid a feared foreclosure wave triggered by the crisis,” said Jason Allnutt, CEO of “While most in the default servicing industry expect to see foreclosures gradually increase over the next year, they are expecting a higher percentage of delinquent mortgages to avoid foreclosure than the historical average prior to the pandemic.”

The survey of more than 50 clients from mortgage servicers and government-sponsored entities also found a backlog of distressed mortgages from the pandemic is expected to have the most impact on distressed disposition volumes over the next 12 months, beating out regulatory intervention, a recession, home equity and interest rates.

Survey respondents said the most likely foreclosure increases will be among government-insured mortgages and on properties located in the Midwest.

The survey also asked clients about outcomes for their inventory of seriously delinquent mortgages, many of which are no longer protected by the forbearance programs enacted in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. On average, clients expect 23 percent of their SDQ inventory as of June to go to foreclosure auction in the following 12 months, although 20 percent of clients expect more than 30 percent of their SDQ inventory to roll into foreclosure auction sometime in the next 12 months.

The expected SDQ-to-foreclosure roll rate is below the historical average of 27 percent, which may be thanks to the high levels of home equity for properties securing delinquent mortgages. clients surveyed estimated, on average, that 72 percent of their SDQ inventory had at least 10 percent equity as of June.