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TransUnion: National Mortgage Loan Delinquencies Increase for First Time Since 2009

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - The national mortgage delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) increased for the first time since the end of 2009, edging upward to 5.88% at the end of the third quarter in 2011. This information is reported by TransUnion and is part of its ongoing series of quarterly analyses of credit-active U.S. consumers and how they are managing credit related to mortgages, credit cards and auto loans.

"Until this quarter, we had seen six straight quarters where progressively more people were able to make their mortgage payments on time. We expected that trend to continue given recent, relatively more conservative lending policies and the apparent stabilization of both home values and unemployment," said Tim Martin, group vice president of U.S. Housing in TransUnion's financial services business unit. "However, in the third quarter, the consumer was hit with several unanticipated shocks, including the U.S. credit rating downgrade, stock price declines, European debt concerns, stubbornly high unemployment, more downward pressure on home values and low consumer confidence. All of this affects a borrower's net worth and desire, or ability, to continue making house payments -- especially if they are facing negative equity in their homes due to price depreciation."

Between the second and third quarters of 2011, all but 10 states and the District of Columbia experienced increases in their mortgage delinquency rates. On a more granular level, 64% of metropolitan areas saw increases in their mortgage delinquency rates in Q3 2011. This is a significant difference compared to Q2 2011 when only 21% of metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) experienced a rise. In Q1 2011, 32% of MSAs experienced an increase.

TransUnion's forecast predicts mortgage borrower delinquency rates to drift downward in 2012. However in the short run, we may see a quarter or two of slightly elevated nonpayment rates as some consumers are not able to, or decide not to, repay their mortgage debt obligations in light of the uncertain economic outlook.

TransUnion's forecast is based on various economic assumptions, such as gross state product, consumer sentiment, unemployment rates and real estate values. The forecast would change if there are unanticipated shocks to the economy affecting recovery in the housing market or if home prices fall more than expected.

Q3 2011 Mortgage Statistics - Delinquency Rates

Quarter over Quarter   Q2 2011   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

USA   5.82 %   5.88 %   1.03 %


Year over year   Q3 2010   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

USA   6.44 %   5.88 %   (8.70 %)


Highest Mortgage Delinquency States   Q3 2011

Florida 14.08 %
Nevada 12.39 %
New Jersey 7.60 %
Arizona 7.46 %


Lowest Mortgage Delinquency States Q3 2011

North Dakota 1.47 %
South Dakota 2.33 %
Nebraska 2.36 %
Alaska 2.78 %


Top 3 Year-over-Year Increases   Q3 2010   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

Vermont   2.76 %   3.19 %   15.58 %
New Jersey   7.07 %   7.60 %   7.50 %
Oklahoma   4.10 %   4.38 %   6.83 %


Top 3 Year-over-Year Declines   Q3 2010   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

Arizona 9.96 % 7.46 % (25.10 %)
California 9.64 % 7.29 % (24.38 %)
Utah 5.44 % 4.40 % (19.12 %)

Q3 2011 Mortgage Statistics - Mortgage Debt Per Borrower

Quarter over Quarter   Q2 2011   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

USA   $189,205.00   $190,382.00   0.62 %


Year over Year   Q3 2010   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

USA   $190,176.00   $190,382.00   0.11 %


Highest Mortgage Debt States Q3 2011

District of Columbia $374,241.00
California $339,546.00
Hawaii $334,606.00
Maryland $253,223.00


Lowest Mortgage Debt States Q3 2011

West Virginia $101,553.00
Mississippi $109,370.00
Oklahoma $113,617.00
Arkansas $114,955.00


Top 3 Year-over-Year Increases   Q3 2010   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

Hawaii   $309,536.00   $334,606.00   8.10%
South Dakota   $129,659.00   $137,555.00   6.09%
North Dakota   $113,006.00   $118,686.00   5.03%


Top 3 Year-over-Year Declines   Q3 2010   Q3 2011   Pct. Change

Nevada   $235,651.00   $223,813.00   (5.02 %)
Arizona   $206,356.00   $200,411.00   (2.88 %)
Florida   $187,303.00   $182,676.00   (2.47 %)

Supporting Resources/Links

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TransUnion's Trend Data database

TransUnion's Trend Data is a one-of-a-kind database consisting of 27 million anonymous consumer records randomly sampled every quarter from TransUnion's national consumer credit database. Each record contains more than 200 credit variables that illustrate consumer credit usage and performance. Since 1992, TransUnion has been aggregating this information at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state and national levels. For the purpose of this analysis, the term "credit card" refers to those issued by banks.

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