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Black Knight’s First Look: Mortgage Delinquencies Decline Sharply in January; Hurricanes’ Lingering Impact on Performance Continues

February 23, 2018
  • Calendar-driven effects and fewer hurricane-related delinquencies resulted in a 210,000-loan decline in the number of past-due mortgages
  • Despite an 8.6 percent monthly decline, delinquencies remain 1.3 percent above last year’s levels
  • 146,000 loans remain delinquent as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 132,000 of which are seriously delinquent (90 or more days past due)
  • An early look at January data on the mortgage market in Puerto Rico shows an additional 57,000 loans still delinquent as a result of Hurricane Maria, with 49,000 seriously delinquent
  • Active foreclosures predating the hurricanes, but put on hold after the storms, have begun to revert back to that status as post-hurricane foreclosure moratoria become set to expire
  • As a result, foreclosure starts rose sharply in January, hitting a 12-month high at 62,300 for the month
  • The population of loans in active foreclosure rose 6,000 month-over-month, marking only the second monthly rise in more than five years

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) reports the following “first look” at January 2018 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing the majority of the national mortgage market.

Total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure):​ 4.31%
Month-over-month change: -8.57 %
Year-over-year change: 1.31%

Total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 0.66%
Month-over-month change: 1.84%
Year-over-year change: -30.35%

Total U.S. foreclosure starts: 62,300
Month-over-month change: 40.0%
Year-over-year change: -11.51%

Monthly prepayment rate (SMM): 0.79%
Month-over-month change: -14.73%
Year-over-year change: -16.80%

Foreclosure sales as % of 90+: 1.74%
Month-over-month change: 42.25%
Year-over-year change: -21.75%

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: ​2,202,000
Month-over-month change: -210,000
Year-over-year change: 40,000

Number of properties that are 90 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: ​707,000
Month-over-month change: -19,000
Year-over-year change: 43,000

Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory: ​337,000
Month-over-month change: 6,000
Year-over-year change: -144,000

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due or in foreclosure: 2,539,000
Month-over-month change: -204,000
Year-over-year change: -104,000

Top 5 States by Non-Current* Percentage 
West Virginia:7.17%
Bottom 5 States by Non-Current* Percentage 
Idaho: 2.59%
Washington: 2.50%
North Dakota:2.36%
Colorado: 2.05%
Top 5 States by 90+ Days Delinquent Percentage 
Top 5 States by 6-Month Improvement in Non-Current* Percentage
District of Columbia:-11.18%
New Jersey:-8.33%
Top 5 States by 6-Month Deterioration in Non-Current* Percentage 

*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.
1)  Totals are extrapolated based on Black Knight’s loan-level database of mortgage assets.
2)  All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand, except foreclosure starts, which are rounded to the nearest hundred.

For a more detailed view of this month’s “first look” data, please visit the Black Knight newsroom at

The company will provide a more in-depth review of this data in its monthly Mortgage Monitor report, which includes an analysis of data supplemented by detailed charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations. The Mortgage Monitor report will be available online at by March 5, 2018.

For more information about gaining access to Black Knight’s loan-level database, please send an email to

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As a leading fintech, Black Knight is committed to being a premier business partner that clients rely on to achieve their strategic goals, realize greater success and better serve their customers by delivering best-in-class software, services and insights with a relentless commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity and leadership. For more information on Black Knight, please visit

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