The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 9.85 percent of all loans outstanding in the second quarter, down 21 basis points from the first quarter, but up 61 basis points from one year ago, according to the recently released Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey.
The delinquency rate includes loans that are at least one payment past due, but does not include loans in the process of foreclosure. The percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the second quarter was 4.57 percent, a decrease of six basis points compared with the first quarter of 2010 but an increase of 27 basis points from one year ago.
“Ultimately the housing story, whether it is delinquencies, homes sales, or housing starts, is an employment story,” said MBA Chief Economist Jay Brinkmann. “Only when we see a consistent increase in employment will we see an increase in sales and starts, and a sustained improvement in the delinquency numbers. Until we see the increase in the number of households that comes with an increase in the number of paychecks, all measures of the health of the housing industry will continue to be weak.”