Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate declined in December to 1.88%, down from 1.91% in November. Freddie’s rate is down from 2.39% in December 2013, and the rate in December was the lowest level since December 2008. Freddie’s serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%.
These are mortgage loans that are “three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure”.
Note: Fannie Mae will report their Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate for December next week.
Although the rate is generally declining, the “normal” serious delinquency rate is under 1%.
The serious delinquency rate has fallen 0.51 percentage points over the last year – and the rate of improvement has slowed recently – but at that rate of improvement, the serious delinquency rate will not be below 1% until late 2016.
Note: Very few seriously delinquent loans cure with the owner making up back payments – most of the reduction in the serious delinquency rate is from foreclosures, short sales, and modifications.
So even though distressed sales are declining, I expect an above normal level of Fannie and Freddie distressed sales for 2+ more years (mostly in judicial foreclosure states).