Q4 Delinquencies in South Carolina Fall to 8.67 Percent
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on residential properties in South Carolina was 8.67 percent at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011, a decrease of two basis points from the third quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The delinquency rate excludes loans in the process of foreclosure. The percentage of loans in South Carolina on which foreclosure was started during the quarter rose three basis points to 1.13 percent, while the percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the quarter rose 17 basis points to 4.57 percent. The delinquency rate for prime adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) decreased 52 basis points to 7.4 percent and the rate for prime fixed rate mortgage loans remained unchanged at 5.11 percent. The delinquency rate for the sub-prime ARMs decreased 312 basis points to 23.94 percent, while the rate for sub-prime fixed rate loans decreased 54 basis points to 22.77 percent. The delinquency rates for FHA and VA loans were 14.65 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively—up 62 basis points for FHA loans and remained unchanged for VA loans. The foreclosure starts rate for prime ARMs in South Carolina decreased 12 basis points to 1.83 percent, while the rate for prime fixed rate loans decreased 14 basis points to 0.78 percent. The foreclosure starts rate for sub-prime ARMs increased 154 basis points to 4.08 percent, while the rate for sub-prime fixed rate loans increased 77 basis points to 2.62 percent. The percentage of prime ARMs in foreclosure increased 30 basis points to 7.49 percent and increased six basis points to 3.18 percent for prime fixed rate loans. The rate for sub-prime ARMs increased 55 basis points to 19.43 percent, while the rate for sub-prime fixed rate loans increased 44 basis points to 11.44 percent. The percentage of FHA loans in foreclosure increased 37 basis points to 3.84 percent. The percentage of VA loans in foreclosure increased 28 basis points to 2.65 percent. Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, South Carolina ranked 16th in delinquencies and 10th in foreclosures started. Mississippi ranked first in delinquencies with a rate of 13.13 percent and Florida ranked first in foreclosure starts with a rate of 1.68 percent. On a national level, the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one- to four-unit residential properties was 8.15 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, down five basis points from 8.20 percent in the third quarter of 2011. The seasonally adjusted delinquency rate on residential properties was 7.58 percent in the third quarter, down 41 basis points from last quarter’s seasonally adjusted rate. The non-seasonally adjusted percentage of loans on which foreclosure was started during the quarter decreased nine basis points to 0.99 percent, while the non-seasonally adjusted percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the quarter decreased five basis points to 4.38 percent.