Yet 18 U.S. metro areas see annual increases
According to CoreLogic's latest monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for November 2022, 2.9% of all mortgages in the U.S. were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure), representing a 0.7 percentage point decrease compared to 3.6% in November 2021.
To gain a complete view of the mortgage market and loan performance health, CoreLogic examines all stages of delinquency. In November 2022, the U.S. delinquency and transition rates, and their year-over-year changes, were as follows:
Overall mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates remained near record lows in November 2022, 2.9% and 0.3%, respectively. While national mortgage delinquencies declined for the 20th straight month on an annual basis, 18 U.S. metro areas saw at least slight increases in late borrower payments, up from six in October and one in September. Despite that uptick and slowing home price growth in recent months, most owners are in good shape due to healthy amounts of equity. CoreLogic's latest Home Equity Report shows that U.S. homeowners with a mortgage saw their equity increase by 15.8% year over year in the third quarter of 2022, for an average gain of $34,300 per borrower.
"Most homeowners are well positioned to weather a shallow recession," said Molly Boesel, principal economist at CoreLogic. "More than a decade of home price increases has given homeowners record amounts of equity, which protects them from foreclosure should they fall behind on their mortgage payments."
U.S. State and Metro Takeaways