Fewer Dallas-area homeowners are behind in their mortgage payments than at any time since the Great Recession.
Only 1.2% of Dallas homeowners with a loan were 90 days or more behind in their loan payments as of April. That's less than the 1.9% serious delinquency rate nationwide, according to a new report from CoreLogic.
During the worst of the recession in 2010, more than 5 percent of Dallas-area mortgages were seriously delinquent and about 1.5% of all loans were in foreclosure.
Only 0.2% of Dallas-area homes were in foreclosure in April, CoreLogic found.
Nationwide, 0.6% of homes were in foreclosure — the lowest level since June 2007.
"Job growth, home-price appreciation, and full-doc underwriting have pushed delinquency and foreclosure rates to the lowest point in more than a decade," Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, said in a statement. "The latest CoreLogic Home Price Index report revealed the annual national home price growth was 7.1% in May, the fastest annual growth in four years.
"U.S. employers have also continued to employ more individuals, as employment rose by 2.4 million throughout the last 12 months with 213,000 jobs added last month alone," Nothaft said. "Together, this heightened financial stability is pushing delinquency and foreclosure rates to record lows."
Texas and Florida are still suffering from the impact of last year's hurricanes with higher mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates, CoreLogic found.
More than 4% of Houston-area homeowners with loans are 90 days or more late with payments.
"Delinquency rates are nearing historic lows, except in areas impacted by extreme weather over the past 18 months, reflecting a long period of strict underwriting practices and improved economic conditions," Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic, said.
The Houston and Miami area's still have the highest major metro late home loan rates in the country thanks to last year's storms.
For all of Texas, 2.2% of homeowners with loans were seriously delinquent in April and 0.3 percent of mortgages were in foreclosure.
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