Foreclosures Up 3% In Q1 2024

Foreclosures increased nationwide in Q1 2024 as mounting affordability pressures push homeowners into situations where they are unable to pay their mortgages. According to ATTOM’s latest Foreclosure Market Report, a total of 95,349 U.S. properties had foreclosure filings during the first quarter. This is up 3% from Q4 2023, but down under 1% YOY. “Q1 2024’s foreclosure data reveals a market in transition, with slight increases in filings and starts, alongside a notable decrease in REO properties,” explained Rob Barber, CEO at ATTOM. “While foreclosures remain relatively stable, we’re closely monitoring these trends. Homeowners continue to hold significant equity, contributing to a persistently hot housing market.” REOs were up 7% from the previous quarter but plummeted by 20% YOY. Foreclosure…

Can Better Financial Education Help Prevent Foreclosures?

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Foreclosure starts are up nationally and some industry leaders say that better financial literacy could help prevent homeowners from becoming distressed. Lenders started the foreclosure process on 22,575 properties last month. That’s up 11% from a year ago, according to the February 2024 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report by ATTOM. There were a total of 32,938 properties with foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions, or bank repossessions – according to the report, and lenders repossessed 3,397 properties through completed foreclosures last month. Donna Schmidt, managing director and owner of DLS Servicing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said in a recent interview with The Mortgage Note that the people most likely to be foreclosed on this year are people…

Zombie Foreclosures Creep Up

Zombie foreclosures are inching up as people who can no longer afford their homes abandon them. The number of vacant homes in foreclosure, or zombie foreclosures, has risen for the sixth consecutive quarter, according to new data from ATTOM. Year-over-year, zombie foreclosures are up 13.9%. Currently, 8,800 foreclosures are sitting empty across the country. “Zombie foreclosures again are ticking up a tiny bit this quarter, tracking along with a small rise in overall foreclosure activity around the country. That’s to be expected, as a handful of homeowners who can’t catch up on overdue mortgage payments just walk away from their properties,” said Rob Barber, ATTOM CEO. But these foreclosures remain just one in 11,600 of all homes nationwide, abating fears…

Zombie Mortgages: CFPB Warns Against Illegal Time-Barred Debt Collection

Officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have issued a reminder about zombie mortgages, saying threatening homeowners regarding uncollected time-barred debts violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The guidance warns that it is illegal for debt collectors to threaten foreclosure on silent second mortgages with statutes of limitations that have expired. “Some debt collectors, who sat silent for a decade, are now pursuing homeowners on zombie mortgages inflated with interest and fees,” said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “We are making clear that threatening to sue to collect on expired zombie mortgage debt is illegal.” The CFPB points to “piggyback” mortgages in particular, also known as 80/20 loans. Homebuyers would be given a first lien loan for 80% of the…

Foreclosures Up 57% YOY But Remain Far From Pre-Pandemic Levels

Foreclosures have now risen more than 50% YOY as filings edge closer to pre-pandemic levels, according to ATTOM’s October 2022 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. A total of 32,376 properties had foreclosure filings in October, up 57% from a year ago. But month-to-month, foreclosures only rose by 2%. Foreclosures continue to climb steadily toward pre-pandemic levels after the foreclosure moratorium, pushing YOY data artificially to scary highs. Activity is still below what ATTOM considers normal levels. “October foreclosure activity was about 59% of pre-pandemic numbers, and at its current pace, foreclosures probably won’t be back to historically normal levels until sometime around mid-2023,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president of market intelligence at ATTOM. Illinois, Delaware, and New Jersey were the…

Prepayments Drop To 20-Year Low

Prepayment activity dropped to a nearly 22-year low in September as interest rates rose to nearly 7%. According to Black Knight’s September 2022 First Look. prepayment activity slid by 14.9% to a single-month mortality rate of 0.57% in September, besting January 2019’s record of 0.59%. It’s the lowest level since November 2000. Inflation is a factor in low prepayment activity, says Jacob Channel, LendingTree’s senior economic analyst.  “Since the start of the year, inflation has increased significantly and as a result, many households likely have less cash that they can allocate toward non-necessities like putting extra money toward their mortgage payment,” he told MarketWatch. Black Knight also reported that the national delinquency rate fell 0.2% from August to 2.78%. This…

Delinquencies Dropped Again In August, Though Starts Rose

The historically low delinquency rate dropped further in August, closing in on May 2022’s record low, but rising foreclosure starts may cause it to increase, according to Black Knight’s First Look at August 2022 mortgage data. Nationally, delinquencies dropped 3.6% in August to 2.79%. This is just four basis points above May’s record. Improvements were seen across the spectrum of borrowers, with the number of those owing only a single late payment down 4%. Those 90 or more days delinquent fell by 4.5%. Cure activity also increased, with 62,000 seriously delinquent loans curing to current status. Cure rates refer to loans that were delinquent in the prior month but are now current. Start activity rose 15% from July, though it…

Delinquencies, Starts Rose In June But Stayed Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosure starts increased in June but ultimately stayed below pre-pandemic levels, according to Black Knight’s First Look at June 2022 data. The national delinquency rate rose by nine basis points month-over-month to 2.84%. But the three months prior saw consecutive record lows in delinquencies, meaning the boost has little bite. The increases were distributed across all categories. The number of borrowers late by a single day jumped 5%. Those late by 90 or more days increase by a mere 1%, and that comes on the heels of a 21-month streak of improvement. Foreclosure starts rose by 27% but remained down 40% from pre-pandemic levels. However, it does constitute a 441% YOY increase, which Black Knight notes is…

Morning Roundup (6/2/2022) – Foreclosures Rising, Loan Applications Fall

Good Morning! Today is Thursday, June 2. A man carrying a rifle and a handgun killed four people and wounded several others inside a medical office building in Tulsa. The U.S. will airlift baby formula from Europe. Doctors transplanted a 3-D printed ear made from human cells. The Mortgage Note Reports Foreclosure Bump: Zombie foreclosures rose 3% from Q1 to Q2 2022, the first increase in a year, as overall foreclosure activity jumped 13%. Apps Down: Mortgage loan application volume dropped another 2.3%, the fourth decrease in five weeks and the lowest level since December 2018. Most Popular: In May, our story on bidding wars in the rental market was the most popular story posted on social media. What topics would you like to see covered? Email Editor Kimberley Haas…

Zombie Foreclosures Tick Up As Overall Foreclosure Activity Accelerates

Zombie foreclosures rose 3% from Q1 to Q2 2022, the first increase in a year, as overall foreclosure activity jumped 13%, ATTOM reported. Zombie properties– homes that sit vacant– account for 1.3 million properties in the U.S. That is one in every 76 homes. Among pre-foreclosure properties, 7,569 sit vacant in Q2, meaning that the number of zombie-foreclosure properties rose quarterly by 2.8%. Foreclosures are up 12.7% from Q1 2022 and 15.9% YOY, with 259,166 properties in the process of foreclosure in Q2 2022. This is the third consecutive quarter of increases since the national foreclosure moratorium was lifted in July 2021. “The incidence of zombie-foreclosures tends to be higher in cases where the foreclosure process has dragged on for…