Foreclosure Inventory Remains Near All-Time High

The number of U.S. homes in the foreclosure pipeline remained near an all-time high in May with judicial foreclosure states posting inventory levels more than twice that in non-judicial foreclosure states, according to a monthly report from loan data aggregator Lender Processing Services released last week.

The nation’s foreclosure inventory stood at 4.1 percent of all active mortgages in May. This includes all loans that have been referred to an attorney for foreclosure but have not yet finished the foreclosure process through sale.

That percentage doesn’t show the “stark contrast” in foreclosure inventories between states that handle foreclosures through the courts and those that don’t, said Herb Blecher, LPS Applied Analytics senior vice president, in a statement.

“In the former, 6.5 percent of all loans are in some stage of foreclosure — that’s more than 2.5 times the rate in non-judicial states where only 2.5 percent of loans are currently in the foreclosure pipeline,” Blecher said.