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Mortgage Default Rate Drops to Historically Low Levels

Across the country, the rate at which Americans missed a mortgage payment or have entered into foreclosure are at a 20 year low, according to a new report from real estate data firm CoreLogic. This is number is historically low, especially considering the housing market collapse just over a decade ago.

The Boston metro area is leading the charge, with a delinquency rate of 2.9 percent, and serious delinquencies (meaning at least 30 days past due) at only 1.0 percent, which is down from 3.2 percent for all delinquencies and 1.2 percent for serious ones in April of 2018.

While this is great for Boston, the larger trend is clearly nationwide. Nationally in the month of April, about 3.6 of household mortgages were in some stage of delinquency, such as being 30 days or more past due or in foreclosure. What’s even more incredible is that not a single state showed a gain in its overall rate of delinquency from March to April. Just one year ago, the rate was 4.3 percent in April of 2018.

Nebraska, one of several Midwestern states recently hit by severe flooding, was the lone state with a delinquency rate that did not drop from March to April. Its rate remained unchanged. 

The delinquency rate nationwide has fallen yearly for the past 16 consecutive months. Delinquencies classified as serious hit their lowest point in April in 14 years. Many economists than the lowest unemployment numbers in the last 50 years, as well as sturdy regulation and responsible underwriting.