Clearing Up the Loan Picture

Since I frequently hold open houses I regularly talk to prospective buyers. It's no secret that sales volume has dropped and that predictions abound about the coming drop in prices. I think one of the reasons for buyers holding off is because home shoppers feel like they're shopping in a store when the Big One hits, and suddenly their thrown into another aisle where all around them is shopper's chaos. Recent events in the subprime market have helped the speculation, but may this will add in some perspective about our current economy, which is, after all, still strong:

The Mortgage Bankers Association, in its testimony to Congress last fall, said that homeownership rates are at record levels, nearly 69 percent. It stands to reason that with a higher rate of ownership, there is a higher rate of foreclosure.

Delinquency rates typically peak 3 to 5 years after origination, which is in keeping with record home sales and record loans following 2001. In other words, this was to be expected.

Approximately 1 percent of all loans are in the foreclosure process, well within historical norms, according to the MBA. That’s still less than the post-recession peak of 1.5 percent just four years ago.

Three out of four loans that enter the foreclosure process will not wind up as a foreclosure sale, either because the home owner cures the delinquency, works out a payment plan with the lender, refinances, or sells the home.

Somewhere between 0.5 percent and 1 percent of all homes going into foreclosure are owned by subprime borrowers, according to estimates by Walt Molony, spokesman for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. On the low end, that's one home in foreclosure out of approximately 200, suggesting that high foreclosure rates are not just a subprime problem but due to a wide range of other causes.

Finally, subprime borrowers are higher risks and have always had a higher delinquency rate than prime borrowers. Yet, only six percent of home owners are nonprime borrowers with adjustable rate loans that are resetting to higher rates.


Christopher Smith said...


I'd be a bit wary about looking to the Mortgage Bankers Association for evidence that all is well in the sub-prime market - that's a bit like going to the NAR for reassurance that housing prices are in for a big rebound.

I think it's still early days for the sub-prime issue - a continued decline in housing prices combined with even a modest rise in interest rates will wreak havoc with the foreclosure rate.

That nervousness does create some buying opportunities (I’m a buyer right now) so I’m not saying we’re on the cusp of Armageddon, but I never consider the opinion of an industry group to be credible evidence of what’s really going on – they’re never objective.

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