Record Number of Homeowners are Making Late Mortgage Payments – or No Payments at All

past-due.jpgYet another sign that the economy is recovering at a moderate pace, late payments on mortgages have fallen again for the fifth straight quarter. But the number of homeowners making late payments – or no payments – continues to remain extremely high when compared with the pre-real estate crisis norm.

According to news reports, the percentage of borrowers who were on average 60 days or more past due on their mortgage payments, fell to 6.19% for the three months ending on March 31. This is down from last year’s figure of 6.77%. And despite having the highest delinquency rates out of any state, Florida also saw a fall from a year ago going from 14.65% to 14.37 %. Some states, however, weren’t so lucky. Maine, for instance, saw its delinquency rate climb from 4.64% to 5.04 %.

Optimism remains low for any significant decrease in delinquency rates due to the lengthy foreclosure process, here in Florida. Foreclosing on a home is taking on average more than two years from the initial stage.

Another big reason why we wont see a decrease is because property owners will continue to be discouraged from making payments on properties that continue to decline in value. Therefore, unless we see an increase in housing prices for properties mortgaged in pre-housing bust, then we likely won’t see delinquency rates getting back to normal for possibly as long as another 4 to 8 years.

Indeed, about 9% of all borrowers are behind on their mortgages, and 4.6% of homes are in foreclosure.

Today’s current real estate market, and ongoing foreclosure crises, presents all sorts of issues that must be properly navigated. There are many factors contributing to Florida’s nation leading delinquency rates. They include a weak job market, weak economic recovery, and a major drop in home prices. Consequently, Florida’s housing market remains unsettled in large part due to the continued foreclosure crises.

Our Miami foreclosure defense lawyers have assisted many homeowners in buying enough time to reach the solution that is right for them. There are many alternatives to foreclosure, and often times it just takes proper planning to properly navigate against the potential pitfalls. Help is often available to those who seek it.