According to the January LPS Mortgage Monitor , released today by Lender Processing Services, 10.4 percent of mortgage loans during January were "non-current" in the United States. That is, they were 90-plus-days delinquent or were in foreclosure.
In Colorado, the percentage of active mortgage loans that were non-current during January was 5.2 percent, which was down 19.5 percent from the same period last year. Colorado's year-over-year decline in non-current loans was the 3rd largest in the nation. Only California and Arizona showed larger declines.
Only five states reported lower percentages of non-current loans than Colorado, making Colorado 6th-best in the nation for the percentage of its mortgage loans that were non-current during January 2013. Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska and North Dakota reported lower percentages of non-current loans during October.
The states with the highest rates of non-current loans were Florida, Mississippi and New Jersey with non-current rates of 18.9 percent, 16.9 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively.
The report also showed that Colorado was among the states with the lowest rates of both underwater mortgages and new problem loans. (See page 10 of the report.) Only North Dakota, Alaska, and Montana had lower rates in both categories.
According to LPS: "LPS Mortgage Monitor is an in-depth report of mortgage industry performance. The monthly report is based on data from the company’s market-leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information, including more than 40 million active loans across the credit spectrum. This data is analyzed by LPS experts to produce more than 30 charts and graphs reflecting both trend and point-in-time performance observations."