3:25 PM » Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rate declined in July, Lowest since October 2008
Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate declined in July to 1.48%, down from 1.53% in June. Freddie's rate is down from 2.02% in July 2014, and the rate in July was the lowest level since October 2008. Freddie's serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%. These are mortgage loans that are "three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure". Note: Fannie Mae will report their Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate for July next week. Click on graph for larger image Although the rate is declining, the "normal" serious delinquency rate is under 1%. The serious delinquency rate has fallen 0.54 percentage points over the last year, and at that rate of improvement, the serious delinquency rate will not be below 1% until mid-2016. So even though delinquencies and distressed sales are declining, I expect an above normal level of Fannie and Freddie distressed sales through 2016 (mostly in judicial foreclosure states).