In the height of the real estate crash in 2008, people were walking away from mortgages and banks were foreclosing on homes left and right. In the years since, we have been slowly but surely recovering and a recent study is showing huge improvements in mortgage loan delinquencies that are even better than before the crash.

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.3% of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2015, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

This was the lowest level since the second quarter of 2007.  The delinquency rate decreased 24 basis points from the previous quarter, and 74 basis points from one year ago.

The delinquency rate includes loans that are at least one payment past due but does not include loans in the process of foreclosure.  The percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the second quarter was 2.09%, down 13 basis points from the first quarter and 40 basis points lower than the same quarter one year ago. 

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(Source: Mortgage Bankers Association)

This was the lowest foreclosure inventory rate since the fourth quarter of 2007.

“It is not surprising that incidences of mortgage payment difficulties are falling to back to historical norms. Despite edging-up over the second quarter, mortgage interest rates are still very low by the standards of the past 20-30 years,” says Ed Stansfield, chief property economist for Capital Economics. “And with house prices currently rising by 5% to 6% year-over-year, the number of mortgages that are underwater will have seen further declines. Admittedly, job creation has slowed since the start of the year, and the unemployment rate was unchanged in July. But overall the economy is still creating jobs at a steady rate, supporting mortgage borrowers.

“The downward trend in borrowers experiencing payment difficulties should continue, as unemployment sees further declines and mortgage rates only increase gradually. In turn, that should increase lenders’ willingness to extend mortgage credit, providing further support to the recent increase in housing market activity,” Stansfield says.

The percentage of loans on which foreclosure actions were started during the second quarter was 0.4%, a decrease of five basis points from the previous quarter. The foreclosure starts rate was unchanged relative to the second quarter of 2014. 

The serious delinquency rate, the percentage of loans that are 90 days or more past due or in the process of foreclosure, was 3.95%, a decrease of 29 basis points from the previous quarter, and a decrease of 85 basis points from the second quarter of 2014. This was the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2007.  

“Overall delinquency rates and the percentage of loans in foreclosure continued to fall in the second quarter and are at their lowest levels since 2007,” says Marina Walsh, MBA’s Vice President of Industry Analysis. “Even more telling, nearly every state in the nation reported declining foreclosure inventory rates over the second quarter, reflecting a nationwide housing market recovery and strong job market that provide opportunities for distressed loans to be resolved rather than be put into foreclosure.

“The overall delinquency rate for FHA loans dropped to 9.01% in the second quarter from 9.1%, as the 90 day or more delinquent category declined. However, the 30-day and 60-day delinquency rate was up by a combined 10 basis points from the previous quarter,” she says. “In addition, the FHA foreclosure inventory rate rose to 2.68% in the second quarter, four basis points higher than the previous quarter but still 13 basis points lower than a year ago. As more recent loan vintages begin to age and as older vintages enter the foreclosure process, we may see volatility in FHA delinquency and foreclosure rates.”

While only 40% of loans serviced are in judicial states, these states account for a growing majority of loans in foreclosure, Walsh said.  For states where the judicial process is more frequently used, 3.41% of loans serviced were in the foreclosure process, compared to 1.15% in non-judicial states. States that utilize both judicial and non-judicial foreclosure processes had a foreclosure inventory rate closer that of the non-judicial states at 1.36%.

“Legacy loans continued to account for the majority of all troubled mortgages. 73% of the loans that were seriously delinquent, either more than 90 days delinquent or in the foreclosure process were originated before 2008, even as the overall rate of serious delinquencies for those cohorts decreased,” she said.


Closing costs are something that many real estate investors or those who just need to sell their homes, do not plan for. It is something that can end up being very costly depending on the situation but recently, it seems that the market is dictating that closing costs are dropping drastically as people are purchasing more homes.

Mortgage closing costs declined 7% over the past year and now average $1,847 on a $200,000 loan, according to

Hawaii’s average closing costs of $2,163 are the highest in the nation, followed by New Jersey ($2,094), Connecticut ($2,033), West Virginia ($1,971) and Arizona ($1,969).

The cheapest closing costs are in Ohio ($1,613), Idaho ($1,682), Wyoming ($1,689), Utah ($1,697) and Maine ($1,727).

Nationwide, the average origination fee declined 22% to $1,041 and the average third-party fee rose 22% to $807.

“Homebuyers have more say over closing costs than they think,” said Holden Lewis,’s senior mortgage analyst. “Costs vary between lenders, so everyone should compare at least three different options. You don’t have to go with the lender your agent suggests.”

Click here to view the average closing costs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Bankrate surveyed up to 10 lenders in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in June 2015. Researchers obtained online good faith estimates for a $200,000 mortgage to buy a single-family home with a 20% down payment. Costs include fees charged by lenders, as well as third-party fees for services such as appraisals. The survey excludes discount points, taxes, title fees, property insurance, association fees, interest and other prepaid items.


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This would be a perfect new catch phrase for the newly re-defined J.G Wentworth as they branch out into the mortgage lender business. When most people want to diversify their financial portfolios, they move into real estate and this is a perfect example of a company doing just that. I’ll be interested to see how this diversification does for J.G Wentworth.

The transition of The J.G. Wentworth Company (JGW) into a mortgage lender is now complete.

In March, J.G. Wentworth, the purchaser of structured settlement payments, annuity payments, lottery payments and other receivables that rose to fame with the “It’s my money and I want it now” advertising campaign, announced its intention to acquire WestStar Mortgage, a privately-held residential mortgage company specializing in conforming mortgage lending.

According to a release from the companies, the acquisition is now complete.

The final purchase price was $53.2 million in cash and $13.5 million in J.G. Wentworth shares, for a total purchase price of $66.7 million.

WestStar is based in Woodbridge, Virginia, and is licensed to operate in 40 states. The company was founded in 2000 and currently has more than 300 employees spread over 15 states.

With the deal finalized, WestStar will now operate as J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, a newly-rebranded division in the J.G. Wentworth family of brands.

The addition of WestStar’s 300 employees will nearly double J.G. Wentworth’s workforce.

“Diversification to deliver ‘Cash Now’ is a fundamental part of our strategy for growth,” said Stewart Stockdale, chief executive officer, J.G. Wentworth.

“The acquisition of WestStar is strong evidence of this strategy in action,” Stockdale contined. “Together with our structured settlement payment purchasing business and other key initiatives, we are delivering financial products and solutions that allow our customers access to funds that will help them achieve their goals.”

Stockdale said that J.G. Wentworth is excited to welcome the WestStar team to the company.

In 2014, WestStar closed $1.5 billion of new loan originations, and the company sold or securitized approximately half of the loans it originated to government-backed organizations and half to third-party institutional investors in the secondary market, the companies said in an earlier release.

WestStar’s executive vice president, Roger Jones, will serve as president of the J.G. Wentworth Home Lending division.

“The team at WestStar is excited to join an established direct-to-consumer leader like J.G. Wentworth, and we look forward to bringing a new suite of product solutions to J.G. Wentworth’s established and growing customer base,” Jones said.