Black Knight: Foreclosure Starts Surge Sevenfold in January, Hitting Highest Level in Two Years; Though Volumes Rising, Still 20% Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

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- Foreclosure starts rose sharply in January as borrower protections in place throughout the economic recovery begin to roll off, with 32,900 loans referred to foreclosure in the month

- While up significantly from December's 4,100, January's start volume was still more than 20% below the 42,800 in January 2020, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic

- Roughly half of the month's starts were among borrowers who were already delinquent prior to the economic impacts of COVID-19, and half from borrowers who became past due in March 2020 or later

- In turn, the national foreclosure rate rose to its highest level since May 2021 (0.28%) - still nearly 40% below its pre-pandemic level, with foreclosure sales (completions) 70% below January 2020 levels

- At the same time, the national delinquency rate continued to improve, and the number of seriously past due mortgages fell by 87,000 (-9%) as borrowers leaving forbearance plans returned to making payments

- A backlog of post-forbearance loans in active loss mitigation - plus another 379,000 that have finished loss mitigation but remain past due - calls for a close watch on foreclosure metrics in coming months

- Prepayment activity hit a more than two-year low, falling by 24% from the month prior as rising rates continue to put sharp downward pressure on refinance incentive

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) reports the following "first look" at January 2022 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing the majority of the national mortgage market.

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Total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure): 3.30%
Month-over-month change: -2.37%
Year-over-year change: -43.62%

Total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 0.28%
Month-over-month change: 16.48%
Year-over-year change: -12.69%

Total U.S. foreclosure starts: 32,900
Month-over-month change: 702.44%
Year-over-year change: 457.63%

Monthly prepayment rate (SMM): 1.26%
Month-over-month change: -23.85%
Year-over-year change: -52.19%

Foreclosure sales as % of 90+: 0.36%
Month-over-month change: 21.02%
Year-over-year change: 331.92%

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: 1,758,000
Month-over-month change: -41,000
Year-over-year change: -1,372,000

Number of properties that are 90 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: 859,000
Month-over-month change: -87,000
Year-over-year change: -1,231,000

Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory: 149,000
Month-over-month change: 21,000
Year-over-year change: -22,000

Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due or in foreclosure: 1,907,000
Month-over-month change: -20,000
Year-over-year change: -1,394,000

Top 5 States by Non-Current* Percentage

Mississippi: 6.94%
Louisiana: 6.88%
West Virginia: 5.28%
Alabama: 5.12%
Oklahoma: 5.03%

Bottom 5 States by Non-Current* Percentage

Utah: 2.19%
California: 2.06%
Colorado: 2.01%
Washington: 1.95%
Idaho: 1.85%

Top 5 States by 90+ Days Delinquent Percentage

Louisiana: 3.44%
Mississippi: 3.13%
Alabama: 2.31%
Arkansas: 2.27%
West Virginia: 2.25%

Top 5 States by 6-Month Improvement in Non-Current* Percentage

Hawaii: -43.39%
California: -33.34%
Nevada: -32.44%
Washington: -27.28%
District of Columbia: -26.72%

Top 5 States by 6-Month Deterioration in Non-Current* Percentage

Louisiana: -0.73%
Michigan: -5.03%
Iowa: -6.06%
Alabama: -6.99%
Kentucky: -7.41%

*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.


  1. Totals are extrapolated based on Black Knight's loan-level database of mortgage assets.

  2. All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand, except foreclosure starts, which are rounded to the nearest hundred.

For a more detailed view of this month's "first look" data, please visit the Black Knight newsroom. The company will provide a more in-depth review of this data in its monthly Mortgage Monitor report, which includes an analysis of data supplemented by detailed charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations. The Mortgage Monitor report will be available online at by March 7, 2022. For more information about gaining access to Black Knight's loan-level database, please send an email to

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