Although delinquencies for residential properties continued to climb in the second quarter of 2009, the rate of new foreclosures started was essentially unchanged from last quarter's record high, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) national delinquency survey.

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties rose to a rate of 9.24% of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2009, up 12 basis points from the first quarter of this year and up 283 basis points from the second quarter one year ago. According to the MBA, the percentages of loans 90 days or more past due and loans in foreclosure both set new record highs, breaking records set last quarter.

The percentage of loans 30 days past due is still well below the record set in the second quarter of 1985. The percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the second quarter was 4.3%, up 45 basis points from the first quarter of 2009 and 155 basis points from one year ago. The combined percentage of loans in foreclosure and at least one payment past due was 13.16% on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the highest ever recorded in the MBA delinquency survey. The percentage of loans where foreclosure actions were started during the second quarter was 1.36%, down one basis point from last quarter and up 28 basis points from one year ago.

"There was a major drop in foreclosures on subprime ARM loans," said MBA's chief economist Jay Brinkmann. "The drop, however, was offset by increases in the foreclosure rates on the other types of loans, with prime fixed-rate loans having the biggest increase."

California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada continue to have a disproportionately high share of foreclosure starts, although the share has fallen slightly from last quarter. Those states had 44% of all new foreclosures in the U.S. during the second quarter 2009, down from 46% in the first quarter 2009.

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