While foreclosures fell nationally in the second quarter of 2011, delinquencies are on the rise thanks to a meager labor market, according to the Mortgage Delinquency Survey released today by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Foreclosure start rates fell to their lowest levels since the fourth quarter of 2007 at 0.96 percent, according to the survey and the percentage of loans in the foreclosure process dropped to 4.43 percent in the second quarter from 4.52 percent in the first quarter and 4.57 percent in the prior-year quarter. But the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one- to four-unit residential properties increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 8.44 percent from 8.32 percent in the first quarter. It’s still far below the 9.85 percent experienced in the second quarter of 2010. – Adam Fusfeld and Katherine Clarke [more]