CoreLogic Reports 38,000 Completed Foreclosures in January 2016
—National Foreclosure Inventory Down 21.7 Percent from January 2015—
PR Newswire, IRVINE, Calif., March 8, 2016
CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, today released its January 2016 National Foreclosure Report which shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 21.7 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 16.2 percent compared with January 2015. The number of completed foreclosures nationwide decreased year over year from 46,000 in January 2015 to 38,000 in January 2016. The number of completed foreclosures in January 2016 was down 67.6 percent from the peak of 117,743 in September 2010.
The foreclosure inventory represents the number of homes at some stage of the foreclosure process and completed foreclosures reflect the total number of homes lost to foreclosure. Since the financial crisis began in September 2008, there have been approximately 6.1 million completed foreclosures across the country, and since homeownership rates peaked in the second quarter of 2004, there have been approximately 8.2 million homes lost to foreclosure.
As of January 2016, the national foreclosure inventory included approximately 456,000, or 1.2 percent, of all homes with a mortgage compared with 583,000 homes, or 1.5 percent, in January 2015. The January 2016 foreclosure inventory rate has been steady at 1.2 percent since October of 2015 and is the lowest for any month since November 2007.
CoreLogic also reports that the number of mortgages in serious delinquency (defined as 90 days or more past due, including loans in foreclosure or REO) declined by 22.5 percent from January 2015 to January 2016, with 1.2 million mortgages, or 3.2 percent, in this category. The January 2016 serious delinquency rate is the lowest in eight years, since November 2007.
“In January, the national foreclosure rate was 1.2 percent, down to one-third the peak from exactly five years earlier in January 2011, a remarkable improvement,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The months’ supply of foreclosure fell to 12 months, which is modestly above the nine-month rate seen 10 years earlier and indicates the market’s ability to clear the stock of foreclosures is close to normal.”
“The improvement in distressed properties continues across the country in every state which is contributing to the lack of stock of available homes and resulting price escalation in many markets,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “So far the trend toward lower delinquency and foreclosures has been immune from shocks from such things as the collapse in oil prices attesting to the durability of the housing recovery.”
Additional January 2016 highlights:
- On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures increased by 16.4 percent to 38,000 in January 2016 from the 33,000 reported in December 2015.* As a basis of comparison, before the decline in the housing market in 2007, completed foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month nationwide between 2000 and 2006.
- On a month-over-month basis, the foreclosure inventory was down 1.6 percent in January 2016 compared to December 2015.
- The five states with the highest number of completed foreclosures for the 12 months ending in January 2016 were Florida (74,000), Michigan (49,000), Texas (29,000), California (25,000) and Ohio (24,000). These five states accounted for almost half of all completed foreclosures nationally.
- Four states and the District of Columbia had the lowest number of completed foreclosures for the 12 months ending in January 2016: the District of Columbia (97), North Dakota (298), Wyoming (551), West Virginia (589) and Alaska (707).
- Four states and the District of Columbia had the highest foreclosure inventory rates in January 2016: New Jersey (4.3 percent), New York (3.5 percent), Hawaii (2.4 percent), Florida (2.3 percent) and the District of Columbia (2.3 percent).
- The five states with the lowest foreclosure inventory rate in January 2016 were Alaska (0.3 percent), Minnesota (0.4 percent), Colorado (0.4 percent), Arizona (0.4 percent) and Utah (0.4 percent).
*December 2015 data was revised. Revisions are standard, and to ensure accuracy CoreLogic incorporates newly released data to provide updated results.
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The data in this report represents foreclosure activity reported through January 2016.
This report separates state data into judicial versus non-judicial foreclosure state categories. In judicial foreclosure states, lenders must provide evidence to the courts of delinquency in order to move a borrower into foreclosure. In non-judicial foreclosure states, lenders can issue notices of default directly to the borrower without court intervention. This is an important distinction since judicial states, as a rule, have longer foreclosure timelines, thus affecting foreclosure statistics.
A completed foreclosure occurs when a property is auctioned and results in the purchase of the home at auction by either a third party, such as an investor, or by the lender. If the home is purchased by the lender, it is moved into the lender’s real estate-owned (REO) inventory. In “foreclosure by advertisement” states, a redemption period begins after the auction and runs for a statutory period, e.g., six months. During that period, the borrower may regain the foreclosed home by paying all amounts due as calculated under the statute. For purposes of this Foreclosure Report, because so few homes are actually redeemed following an auction, it is assumed that the foreclosure process ends in “foreclosure by advertisement” states at the completion of the auction.
The foreclosure inventory represents the number and share of mortgaged homes that have been placed into the process of foreclosure by the mortgage servicer. Mortgage servicers start the foreclosure process when the mortgage reaches a specific level of serious delinquency as dictated by the investor for the mortgage loan. Once a foreclosure is “started,” and absent the borrower paying all amounts necessary to halt the foreclosure, the home remains in foreclosure until the completed foreclosure results in the sale to a third party at auction or the home enters the lender’s REO inventory. The data in this report accounts for only first liens against a property and does not include secondary liens. The foreclosure inventory is measured only against homes that have an outstanding mortgage. Generally, homes with no mortgage liens are not subject to foreclosure and are, therefore, excluded from the analysis. Approximately one-third of homes nationally are owned outright and do not have a mortgage. CoreLogic has approximately 85 percent coverage of U.S. foreclosure data.
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