The good news coming out of CoreLogic and RealtyTrac shows that foreclosure rates are back to housing-boom levels. Additionally, RealtyTrac also shows that more homeowners are keeping their homes out of foreclosure than ever before, down 17% from one year ago and the lowest level for any half-year period since RealtyTrac began tracking foreclosure starts in 2006. According to CoreLogic, these lower rates are being fueled by housing appreciation and rising employment levels.
Foreclosure inventory declined yet again in June, but completed foreclosures, while down from last year, increased from last month, according to CoreLogic, property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.
CoreLogic’s June 2016 National Foreclosure Report showed the inventory declined 25.9% from last year, and completed foreclosures declined 4.9%. On the other hand, completed foreclosures increased 5.1% to 38,000 from last month.
For comparison, during the housing boom, completed foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month from 2000 to 2006.
Even though completed foreclosures increased from last month, foreclosure inventory still saw a monthly decline of 3.6%.
According CoreLogic’s report last month, May’s foreclosure inventory hit the lowest level in nearly nine years.
The foreclosure inventory is the number of homes at some stage of the foreclosure process while completed foreclosures show the total number of homes lost to foreclosure.
In June, the national foreclosure inventory included about 375,000, or 1%, of homes with a mortgage. This is down from last year when foreclosure inventory consisted of 507,000 homes, or 1.3%.
In fact, the foreclosure inventory rate is the lowest for any month since August 2007.
The number of mortgages in serious delinquency, those 90 days or more past due, in foreclosure or real estate owned, hit the lowest rate since September 2007. The serious delinquency rate decreased 21.3% annually. Now, 2.8% of homes are considered seriously delinquent.
The state with the highest number of completed foreclosures in the 12 months ending in June 2016 was Florida at 60,000, followed by Michigan at 47,000, Texas at 27,000, Ohio at 23,000 and California at 22,000. These states account for nearly 40% of all completed foreclosures nationally.
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