Bigger Than Normal Drop in Mortgage Delinquencies
Mortgage delinquencies hit a record low in March according to the "first look" report on mortgage performance released today by Black Knight. Hitting a record low is actually less interesting in this case because delinquency rates were already near all-time lows. More interesting is that in non-seasonally adjusted terms, delinquencies dropped by 15.5%--significantly faster than the historical that's been just over 10% for the past 20 years.
What's with the big change in performance? Black Knight credits several factors:
an exceptionally strong labor market
continued student loan deferrals
strong performance following forbearances
record low interest rates for those who refinanced in the past 2 years
Also interesting was the fact that loan prepayments (the indus
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