Home loan defaults rose in September, producing the most extensive single-month-default increase in many years.
Defaults accelerated to 13.2% in September, the most substantial month-to-month increase since November 2008. This increased the nationwide default rate to 3.97%.
Generally, the month of September experiences an increase in defaults. Of the most recent 19 Septembers, 16 experienced increases, which brought the average default rate to 5.2%. This is the biggest jump in defaults for any single month.
The 2nd variable that generated an increase in defaults was the fact that the calendar month finished on a Sunday, which generally causes a tremendous burden on defaults.
Moreover, Hurricane Florence, which swept the Eastern United States in September, impacted defaults to an increase of 38% month-over-month in the States it affected. Currently, more than 6,000 homeowners are delinquent as a result of being affected by the hurricane.
Foreclosures dropped 15.1% from August to virtually an 18-year low. This was actually down 11.5% from September 2017. The month’s double-digit decrease brought foreclosed properties to 40,000 for the month.